Late-night cable television personality Chelsea Handler announced August 25th on her own show (Chelsea Lately on the E! Network) that she will host the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA’s).
The 2010 MTV VMA’s will be broadcast live from Los Angeles, beginning at 9:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. central time on Sunday, September 12th.
What makes Chelsea Joy Handler worth watching, as the model-turned-comedienne-turned-talk-show-host emcees the 2010 MTV VMA’s?
Here are ten reasons to tune in to the MTV Video Music Awards on September 12th:
Chelsea Handler is not Russell Brand.
British comedian Russell Brand (fiancé of pop star Katy Perry, who has been nominated for an MTV VMA Moonman award) has hosted the MTV VMA Awards for the past two years.
Raise your hand if you are not relieved that Russell Brand has relinquished the microphone for this year’s MTV VMA Awards. Besides, Chelsea Handler is a California girl, and Katy Perry will likely show up for the ceremony anyway, just in case she wins.
Other 2010 nominees for MTV VMA’s include Drake, Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Usher.
Chelsea Handler is the first female MTV VMA’s host in 16 years.
Let’s hear it for the girls.
The last time a woman solo-hosted the MTV VMA Awards occurred in 1996, with comedienne and television personality Roseanne Barr holding the microphone.
Previous MTV VMA’s hosts have included Jimmy Fallon, Arsenio Hall, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and others.
Chelsea Handler flirted with Justin Bieber.
OK, so perhaps the reverse is more true. Justin Bieber actually flirted with Chelsea Handler.
On April Fool’s Day 2010, while appearing on Chelsea Lately, the 16-year-old teen heartthrob bantered with his 32-year-old host before claiming he might like to date 30-year-old Kim Kardashian.
Does that make Chelsea Handler a cougar? Sure, Chelsea Handler grew up as the youngest of six children, but she is still twice Justin Bieber’s age. Even the supposed kidding about the kid is practically illegal.
Because Justin Bieber is scheduled to perform during the 2010 MTV VMA’s, viewers may have a chance to see for themselves. If Chelsea Handler tries to handle any of Justin Bieber’s personal space, she may face a pre-adolescent ambush. Middle school mayhem might result.
Chelsea Handler turned down an invitation for Dancing with the Stars.
In January 2008, Chelsea Handler told her Chelsea Lately audience that she had refused an invitation to participate in season six of Dancing with the Stars. (That season was won by skater Kristi Yamaguchi and dancer Mark Ballas.)
Of course, this means the world may never know if Chelsea Handler can dance, unless the MTV VMA’s choreographers pencil her in for a musical number or two during the September 12th ceremony.
Chelsea Handler has a way with words.
A published author with three bestselling titles (Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea; Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang and My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands), Chelsea Handler may be up for banter at the 2010 MTV VMA’s.
Granted, many of the topics explored in Chelsea Handler’s books may not be appropriate for prime-time television audiences, except on cable. Gee, perhaps Chelsea Handler will need a handler of her own for the MTV VMA’s.
Chelsea Handler loves Bette Midler.
Repeatedly, Chelsea Handler has professed herself to be an adoring fan of actress and singer Bette Midler and particularly of her “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Who knows? A surprise cameo by the Divine Miss M would certainly inject interest into the 2010 MTV VMA’s.
MTV VMA’s performers for 2010 include Justin Bieber, B.o.B, Florence and the Machine, Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj, Ne-Yo and Trey Songz.
Chelsea Handler has fun friends.
Some of Chelsea Handler’s best chums might add life to the MTV VMA ceremony and festivities in 2010, if they should choose to tag along. How about Jason Biggs, Jim Carrey, Jenny McCarthy and Mary McCormack, for example?
Chelsea Handler is dating wildlife wrangler Dave Salmoni.
He’s not the Crocodile Hunter (the late Steve Irwin), but Animal Planet’s Dave Salmoni can be handy in a tussle with terrifying creatures. Having this burly boy watching closely from the front row might prove prudent, if any particularly creative performing artists become a bit unruly at the 2010 MTV VMA’s.
Chelsea Handler admitted to airbrushing for a Playboy cover shoot.
The 5’6″ blonde, who appeared on the December 2009 cover of Playboy, has publicly confessed that her image was airbrushed after the camera clicked. This comment represented even more exposure than the photograph itself, which depicted the comedienne in a white bikini and white thigh-high boots.
Chelsea Handler wants to remix Kanye West and Taylor Swift.
Speaking of overexposed, Taylor Swift may turn up at the 2010 MTV VMA’s. Last year, Kanye West infamously interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech (2009 MTV VMA for Best Female Video), claiming the award should have been given to Beyonce. (Beyonce did win the overall Best Video award for “Single Ladies.”)
Chelsea Handler has openly stated (in many venues) that she would like to pair Kanye West and Taylor Swift for an appearance at the 2010 MTV VMA’s. And who said fireworks were reserved for the 4th of July?