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Meet Sasha King, a down-to-earth young writer who finds herself working inside a world that both repels and fascinates her: Project Icon, the once-mighty TV talent show that’s taken a hit in the ratings. In an attempt to get back on top, the show has recently hired two new celebrity judges, entrepreneur-actress-singer Bibi Vasquez and rock legend Joey Lovecraft, a priapic wild man who doesn’t even own a TV (it goes against the teachings of his guru, Tibetan high lama Yutog Gonpo).

In addition to the demands of the new judges, Sasha has the task of handling frighteningly robotic host Wayne Shoreline (who may or may not eat puppies as part of his pre-show prep), young would-be idols (including the foul-mouthed Mia Pelosi and the chaps-wearing Jimmy Nuggett), muckraking gossip columnists, and the powerful executive of a competing reality TV talent show. The combination of characters will leave readers swimming in a cocktail of pure crazy: Project Icon.

In Elimination Night, we get a peek at the deliciously outrageous machinations—the ego clashes, meltdowns, and cover-ups—that take place behind the scenes of the talent shows we've become addicted to. The details of their inner workings are so accurate that the book had to be written anonymously.

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“Scandal!” —AOL Music

“Rings deliciously true.” —People

“More withering than Simon Cowell, crazier than Paula Abdul — it’s the novel that will have Hollywood on a witch hunt.” —New York Post

"Sex, drugs and scandal are part of the story, as is a savage portrait of someone who could be mistaken for Ryan Seacrest...[A] fun read." — New York Daily News

"I absolutely adored Elimination Night. I loved Sasha most of all... she's the type of girl you want to be friends with. It's brilliant." — Chick Lit Reviews and News

“Anyone who has ever watched American Idol, and that will be almost everyone, will have the immense satisfaction of the ‘inside scoop,’ real or not.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Like a reality-show version of The Devil Wears Prada… with tantalizingly plausible nuggets.” –USA Today

"Elimination Night is as absorbingly entertaining as a certain televised singing competition. The anonymous author's biting roman à clef may seem fueled by hyperbolic satire, but that is the only rational response to the manic microcosm it depicts. Even a noted curmudgeonly judge from the U.K. would have to pass this full-throated send-up on to the next round with flying, hilarious colors.” –Teddy Wayne, author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine and Kapitoil

About the Author

There has been much speculation about the identity of ANONYMOUS in the press. A well-known celebrity? A low-level TV producer? For reasons of confidentiality, however, the publisher can confirm only that the writer has deep inside knowledge of a hit reality TV talent competition. It was this knowledge that inspired the fictional story told in Elimination Night.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 558 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Publishing; 1 edition (8 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008L4KPLQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #159,104 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
In this short book the author savages the unpleasant and disingenuous aspects of the world of the TV talent show and its fondness for an Orwellian arrangement of Reality. The presentation of the book itself sets the tone of Not All You See is What It Seems. Penned by `Anoymous' because of whose feathery egos might be incensed you wonder is this (a) A commentary by a disgruntled and very miffed ex-assistant producer like the central character (b) A wry view by someone still within the industry (c) A journalist with inside information (d) Simply someone who does not like this whole tv circus or (e) A cunningly duplicitous introduction by an author who is none of the aforementioned. What or whoever the book works quite well.
It starts with a Devil Wear Prada baseline of a young woman with higher intention and taking this job in the show Project Icon as a means to earning enough money to follow her dreams, who is worked like a dog for little pay having her artistic spirit and her integrity gradually sucked dry. Her role to try and ensure the celebrity judges and the more promising contestant fodder is where it ought to be at any given time while having abuse heaped on her from all directions. To indicate this the central character Sasha is known to all and sundry as Bill as that was the name of her previous boss and it's easier for senior management to remember that than adapt to her real name.
The reader can have great fun working out who the characters are based on. Ex-judge and horrid personality Nigel Crowther, frighteningly uncaring host Wayne Shoreline, new judges super-diva Bibi Vasquez and rock-legend train wreck Joey Lovecraft. Then there are the executives, agents and advisors (and a Media Moghul, in this case...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elimination Night- Anonymous 3 Dec. 2012
By R. Gardner VINE VOICE
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I really wondered what I had received in a book as I don't watch talent shows on TV or similar programmes. And that is what this about. A lady who worked in the American version tells about her time in the production team, relating lots of back ground material, how they manipulate the contestants to make it more interesting, but more so the egos of the leading figures and those about them. It makes for fascinating reading with good humor. At various points you will wonder why anyone watches these programmes and even more why anyone would want to enter any of them.
I must say that I thought in the first few lines this is more a female book, but soon found that I was wrong, being a mere mortal male and not a TV addict I still enjoyed it. Good story, well written, good pace and hugely enjoyable.... Recommended..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Jokey X-Factor 9 May 2013
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So this book is written by Anonymous, the reason being given on the back cover, that the book is "so hilariously accurate about the inner workings of the talent show machine that it had to be written anonymously". And the book does seem like it could be accurate about that sort of stuff, although around that the book isn't too serious as it is all built around the laughs.

The story focuses on Sasha King. Her boyfriend is off in Hawaii concentrating on his "surfing career" whilst she is in LA earning enough money to follow him over, but also to allow herself time to write her Novel of Immense Profundity.

Sasha works on the production side of "Project Icon", an X-Factor/Pop Idol show. They are starting their 13th season and star judge-based-on-Simon-Cowell Nigel Crowther has quit to set up a different, rival reality show.

The pressure is on.

First a new panel of judges needs to be found, which is easier said than done (funny bios, all sorts of negotiating etc.). They arrive at three, although they don't exactly click. The auditions takes place but ratings for the series are down which carries consequences. "They're giving us one episode. No ratings, no more show. Our elimination night."

Luckily the controlling company gets into trouble over a rigged-bingo show so "the ratings of a televised singing competition were no longer at the top of Big Corp's agenda."

Along the way Sasha finds herself too.

The book is all for the laughs, the happenings are outlandish although there is a believable element to the details underlining everything. The book did get rushed at the end though and maybe a joke or two were repeated but overall an enjoyable read, and I'll be looking out to see what Anonymous does next.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not easy reading 31 Mar. 2013
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was ok and read all the way through but a bit slow alot of the time!!
was not easy reading.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fluffy boredom 7 Jan. 2013
By Ms. Felicia Davis-burden VINE VOICE
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I'm always willing to read a book that takes the rise out of the unbelievably shallow world of celebrities, but I'm afraid I got so bored with the fluffiness of this novel that I couldn't finish it. I'm wondering if the 'Anonymous' author keeps a DVD labelled 'Nefarious Names and Daft Details', into which he or she taps to inject a little giggle into the proceedings. I'm also wondering if the author's identity is along the lines of Perez Hilton (whoever that is anyway), because almost every character is a fictionalised version of J-Lo, Diddy, Mariah, Snoop - fictional characters in this life anyway. All this story seems to be is a link-up of as many caricatures as a daily diet of Heat Magazine or MTV can imprint in a person's mind. I'm sorry, but this really stopped amusing me before the third chapter. Needs more irony and acid, perhaps some real Heat.
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