Television still has its own importance in creating stars. Despite the spread of internet during the past decade, television is still watched by millions of Americans. One such young star who became famous through her show is Alana Thompson. She became famous with her much loved performance on a reality show called ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’. As the show was targeted at children, she became an instant celebrity among the young audiences in USA. Before she starred in the reality show, she participated in beauty pageants. Her first television show was TLC’s beauty pageant reality show called ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’. ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ was an instant hit and featured the family lives of children who participated in the show. But the show became controversial as some analysis accused its organizers for dressing the kids in a provocative way.
- Despite the controversy surrounding the show, ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ helped in increasing the fame of Alana Thompson. She became a much coveted TV star and got a lot of offers from all the major television companies based in USA. The fame of Alana Thompson got a big boost when she was cast in the reality show called ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ (HCHBB). The show featured Alana Thompson as ‘Honey Boo Boo’ as its central character. HCHBB revolves around Honey Boo Boo and her family’s adventures in the South American town of McIntyre, Georgia, USA. It got tremendous response from mostly younger audience in USA. The premiere episode of the show itself attracted a total of 2.2 million viewers in the year 2012.HCHBB mostly got negative reviews from the critics. The show was criticized for being sexual and abusive. Some critics opined that shows on TLC like HCHBB mostly banked up cashing upon exploiting children like Alana Thompson. But the negative publicity got by the show proved to be a blessing in disguise for Alana Thompson as its viewership increased tremendously. Four seasons of the show were aired between the years 2012 and 2014. HCHBB was suddenly taken off the air in the year 2014 following a major controversy surrounding the event. In October allegations surfaced that June Shannon, the mother of Alana Thompson who also starred in the show, was having an affair with a serial sex offender. A fifth season of the show was shot but never telecast due to the controversy.What Makes Alana So Special
- Alana Thompson became a much loved TV character in America mostly due to her chubby looks. Many young viewers considered her as their own reflection. Another reason which differentiates Alana Thompson from other child artists of her age is that she has a multifaceted personality. Apart from her acting skills, she can also sing well. In the year 2015, she released her first album called ‘Movin’ Up’.Beyond Fame
- Being very young, Alana Thompson is not yet romantically involved with anybody. She also prefers to stay away from major controversies. However, there were some big controversies surrounding the way her family exploited her for fame and money. When the HCHBB was being aired some local media outlets alleged that her mother gave her ‘Go Go Juice’ which was a blend of Mountain Dew and Red Bull to make her look active. As energy drinks are not recommended for young kids, media outlets opined that it could lead to health related problems in child stars like Alana Thompson. In August 2012, another controversy erupted when police questioned Alana Thompson’s parents over allegations of abuse. Police questioned them for giving her roadkill for dinner and making her dance in bars for dollars. However, no further action was taken on the parents after her parents claimed that she was only dancing in a college bar and not a sleazy one.Behind The Curtains
- Alana Thompson had a good childhood. Being the only daughter to her father (she has half-siblings from her mother); she got all the required encouragement from her parents. Her mother accompanies her to all the beauty pageants and film shootings.
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