Starting October 14, Robert Van Winkle (aka Vanilla Ice) will host a 8-part series on the DIY Network called "The Vanilla Ice Project." The show follows Vanilla while he renovates a 7,000 square foot mansion in Palm Beach, Florida. Van Winkle went from the self-proclaimed "Iceman" rap star in the early 90's to a disturbed reality TV star on season 2 of The Surreal Life in the 2000's. Alright, given the nature of terrible reality television this was an acceptable career move. And now 10 years later, the obvious juxtaposition for the "Iceman" is to host his own home improvement show on the DIY Network. Comparing Vanilla Ice to Bob Villa and Ty Pennington just feels natural. Apparently he has over 15 years of experience in the construction business and according to the DIY Network he has quite a "passion for home renovation". That would make sense since he fell from his well deserved stardom, well, about 15 years ago.
Lets not jump to any conclusions about the run away success of this new masterpiece. Lets keep an open mind here. After all, the DIY Network is working with an award winning actor. Vanilla Ice won the Golden Raspberry award in 1992 for "worst new star" for the role of a freewheeling, motorcycle-riding rapper named John 'Johnny' Van Owen in the epic film Cool as Ice.
The "Iceman" is confidant about his new endeavor; "The way I build and renovate homes is different…It's the rock-star style of doing it. We have fun. Maybe we'll drop some fireworks or a smoke bomb in the middle of everybody working." Vanilla. Dude. You may have dropped some hits on us in the 90's, but all you'll be dropping these days are DIY Network's ratings.
There is something good coming out of all of this. You can "Ice Yourself" on a website to help promote the new show where your computers webcam takes snapshots of yourself and then layers them into mini-videos featuring different scenarios with you and the "Iceman" himself.
Go ahead, Ice Yourself.