Only in Jersey: 3/9/12

TGIF! Time for another edition of Only in Jersey!

If it’s filming in Jersey, takes place in Jersey, or is about celebs from Jersey, you will find it here.

Chaz Brown: Hope he's good at juggling.

Jerseyans and reality shows go together like, well, peas and carrots. Case in point: A “Top Chef: Texas” contestant (who was eliminated in the qualifying rounds) from Voorhees will compete in Bravo’s latest food-based competition, “Around the World in 80 Plates,” beginning Wednesday, May 9. Chaz Brown, the chef de cuisine at New York’s Fatty Crab, will battle against 11 experienced cooks in culinary challenges across the globe. The show, which is hosted by Curtis Stone and Cat Cora, sounds like a combination of “Top Chef” and CBS’ “The Amazing Race.” Here’s hoping the French Culinary Institute grad never hears the unfortunate words, “I’m sorry to tell you, but you’ve been eliminated from the race.”

Will the next Simon Cowell please stand up: Queen Latifah, John Rich, and Gloria Estefan.

Newark/East Orange native Queen Latifah will test the reality singing competition waters this summer when “The Star Next Door” debuts on The CW. Queen will produce and star in the show as a judge/mentor, along with Gloria Estefan and John Rich. The trio will hit the road, seeking out the most talented vocalists, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The two New Jerseyans competing on Fox’s “American Idol” narrowly avoided elimination this week. Both Kinnelon native Elise Testone and Pine Hill’s Jermaine Jones wound up in the bottom six, but it was Elise who ultimately dodged a bullet when judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, and Randy Jackson opted to send another singer home instead. Ironically, it was Elise’s rendition of a hit song by another Jersey girl, Whitney Houston, that nearly got her the boot. Hopefully the pair will fare better next week.

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