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Vanilla Ice goes ‘Amish’ for TV

Former rapper and current reality star set to headline a DIY unscripted series centred around Amish construction.
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Emily Gagne, April 24, 2013 9:23:22 AM

All right stop, collaborate and listen. Vanilla Ice is back with a crafty, technologically-challenged new invention.

According to a release sent out Tuesday, the DIY Network has greenlit Vanilla Ice Goes Amish, a reality series in which former rapper and current TV star Vanilla Ice (a.k.a. Rob Van Winkle) learns the ins and outs of Amish construction and crafting from Ohio-based Amish locals. (We guess the skills required to “wax a chump like a candle” cannot be applied to actual candle-making?)

Apparently Vanilla Ice Goes Amish was developed by the Ice man himself, with the concept coming to him during a “random conversation” he had.

“I was curious about [the] Amish,” Ice told fans on Twitter recently. “They are masters of craftsmanship. Real deal!”

Although Vanilla Ice Goes Amish marks Vanilla Ice’s first televised interaction with the Amish community, it is certainly not his first time at the reality TV rodeo. He also hosts The Vanilla Ice Project for DIY, letting viewers in on his latest remodelling efforts (apparently the man’s been flipping and reworking houses since before he released his megahit, “Ice, Ice, Baby”), and has appeared on The Surreal Life, Dancing on Ice and, most recently, as a judge on Canada Sings.

The start date for Vanilla Ice Goes Amish is unknown, but you can expect to see it by the end of this year. DIY is actually kickstarting a number of other ’80s and ’90s icon-starring shows in 2013. They are also walking with a renovation show starring Run DMC’s Reverend Run (The Rev. Run Project) and have their “Private Eyes” on The Daryl Hall Project, a series which will follow Hall and Oates’ Daryl Hall as he redoes his farmhouse.

Fingers crossed that The Alan Parsons Project Project gets the go-ahead for 2014.


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