Bama Belles Premiere: Amie Pollard, Melissa McLaney, Jana Roberts, Val Tignini, Dakota Redding (Video)

Bama Belles premiered on TLC on Sunday night. It features a group of friends in Dothan, Alabama introducing a transplanted New Yorker to ‘Southern life’. Read more below and see a video preview of next week’s show.

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I was braced for the worst when I saw the previews for ‘Bama Belles’. Being from the South, all I could see was the stereotypes that haunt every Southerner who comes into contact with anyone who isn’t from the South.

I was relieved that it wasn’t as bad as I feared or as the preview made it seem. In fact, a couple of the women had a little bit of class and the most ‘redneck’ of them all isn’t from the South at all, but a transplant from North Dakota. What a relief! Although, I’m sure people will still see it as being ‘Southern’. But that’s the way people like to see the South.

Bama Belles seems to be TLC’s answer The Real Housewives’ series on Bravo. At least the Bama girls have more class than the New Jersey girls (just saying).

Here is a recap of who is who in the series (in case you missed it):

Amie Pollard – a 39 year old mother, radio personality and real estate developer who is brash and unapologetic. She is everyone’s best friend, that is, until you cross her. She and her family are completely self made.

Melissa McLaney – a 35 year old mother, ex beauty queen and business owner who is always striving to be perfect. She gave up her well paid job to set up a family business with her husband, which they are now struggling to keep afloat.

Jana Roberts – a 28 year old preacher’s daughter and beautician. She and her husband, a former Met’s pitcher, are on an emotional rollercoaster as they go through IVF.

Val Tignini – a 26 year old internet entrepreneur who is a fish out of water in the deep south. After visiting her friend Amie while on a media tour for her website, she decides to move from New York to Dothan.

Dakota Redding – a 24 year old physical therapist and member of the army reserve. She is a tobacco chewing cowgirl who is about to enlist full time in the military.

Dakota is the one from North Dakota. Obviously.

The lawn-mower races and discussion of missing teeth are in next weeks episode which is in the video below. I might have to watch it again to see if I can like the show or if its too much into the stereotypes. The jury is still out on that as far as I’m concerned. At least Amie obviously got her back up when Val told her what New Yorkers think of Southerners – that was a good start anyway.

You can see a Bama Belles Season 1 Premiere episode recap here. Watch Bama Belles every Sunday at 10 (ET) on TLC.

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