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This week, the tabloids have been revealing the "dirty secrets" of the "Dom-2" reality show and the strange case of the pop starlet whose hair changes color whenever she runs on a beach with Mel Gibson.

"Dom-2," the longest running reality show on Russian television, has been on air since 2004 and is a constant source of tabloid stories. The latest one centers on a participant called Tori, who has been seriously ill in the hospital for two months.

Her story, admittedly a bizarre one, is that she was injured by a piece of a razor-sharp mussel shell in a seafood pizza, leading to a perforated digestive tract. But Zhizn tabloid is convinced that she really tried to commit suicide and wrote a front-page story saying this.

Tori retaliated with a harrowing video blog on the show's web site in which she lies in her hospital bed holding a copy of Zhizn. Speaking with difficulty and bandaged around the throat, she calls the story a "provocation" and "cheap PR."

The story threw up parallels with Jade Goody, a former "Big Brother" contestant who died last month and opted to let the glossy magazines and cameras follow her to the end.

The idea of "Dom-2" is that contestants have to pair up romantically or risk being voted out. Eventually, one couple will win a house that the contestants are supposed to be building, although you never see any of them lift a French-manicured finger.

Amazingly, some of the contestants have been there right from the start. Tori has been on the show for 3 1/2 years and married a fellow contestant. It's not exactly like "Big Brother" because the contestants are allowed to go outside.

Fans of the show delight in telling you how it's all fake and set up, but it doesn't stop them from watching.

Zhizn backed up its allegations with a lurid story on Wednesday about how one contestant had a breakdown and others had a secret abortion and complications from an STD. Regardless of medical confidentiality, the tabloid named them all.

There are regular calls to ban "Dom-2," and Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev recently called it "criminal." The ratings went up immediately, Roman Petrenko, the director of TNT, told Itogi magazine this week. He declined to name an end date for the show, "People are still watching, that's your answer."

The other main tabloid story centered around Oksana Pochepa, an obscure pop singer who told the British Sun on April 15 that she is having an affair with film star Mel Gibson after rumors surfaced that he had a girlfriend called Oksana.

Many were skeptical of this claim, since Gibson was photographed on a beach in Costa Rica with a bikini-clad brunette, while Pochepa has light-brown hair.

What's more, there have been at least two other Oksanas mentioned in the race, including Timothy Dalton's dark-haired ex-wife, Oksana Grigorieva.

So far, it has been a great run for Pochepa, who has had three stories in the Sun, including one calling her Russia's answer to Britney Spears.

On Wednesday, Pochepa held a news conference in Moscow but remained tight-lipped about Gibson, journalists complained. Her first statement was that she wouldn't comment until his divorce was through. Her only other comment about Gibson was that he is a "fabulous man."

Pochepa had a less-than-convincing explanation of why she doesn't look like the girl in the bikini shot. "My hair burns to a darker color in the sun," she said, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported.

Meanwhile, Russkoye Radio quoted an unidentified friend of Pochepa's as saying the singer hasn't visited the United States for the last three years. This week, the tabloids have been revealing the "dirty secrets" of the "Dom-2" reality show and the strange case of the pop starlet whose hair changes color whenever she runs on a beach with Mel Gibson.

"Dom-2," the longest running reality show on Russian television, has been on air since 2004 and is a constant source of tabloid stories. The latest one centers on a participant called Tori, who has been seriously ill in the hospital for two months.

Her story, admittedly a bizarre one, is that she was injured by a piece of a razor-sharp mussel shell in a seafood pizza, leading to a perforated digestive tract. But Zhizn tabloid is convinced that she really tried to commit suicide and wrote a front-page story saying this.

Tori retaliated with a harrowing video blog on the show's web site in which she lies in her hospital bed holding a copy of Zhizn. Speaking with difficulty and bandaged around the throat, she calls the story a "provocation" and "cheap PR."

The story threw up parallels with Jade Goody, a former "Big Brother" contestant who died last month and opted to let the glossy magazines and cameras follow her to the end.

The idea of "Dom-2" is that contestants have to pair up romantically or risk being voted out. Eventually, one couple will win a house that the contestants are supposed to be building, although you never see any of them lift a French-manicured finger.

Amazingly, some of the contestants have been there right from the start. Tori has been on the show for 3 1/2 years and married a fellow contestant. It's not exactly like "Big Brother" because the contestants are allowed to go outside.

Fans of the show delight in telling you how it's all fake and set up, but it doesn't stop them from watching.

Zhizn backed up its allegations with a lurid story on Wednesday about how one contestant had a breakdown and others had a secret abortion and complications from an STD. Regardless of medical confidentiality, the tabloid named them all.

There are regular calls to ban "Dom-2," and Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev recently called it "criminal." The ratings went up immediately, Roman Petrenko, the director of TNT, told Itogi magazine this week. He declined to name an end date for the show, "People are still watching, that's your answer."

The other main tabloid story centered around Oksana Pochepa, an obscure pop singer who told the British Sun on April 15 that she is having an affair with film star Mel Gibson after rumors surfaced that he had a girlfriend called Oksana.

Many were skeptical of this claim, since Gibson was photographed on a beach in Costa Rica with a bikini-clad brunette, while Pochepa has light-brown hair.

What's more, there have been at least two other Oksanas mentioned in the race, including Timothy Dalton's dark-haired ex-wife, Oksana Grigorieva.

So far, it has been a great run for Pochepa, who has had three stories in the Sun, including one calling her Russia's answer to Britney Spears.

On Wednesday, Pochepa held a news conference in Moscow but remained tight-lipped about Gibson, journalists complained. Her first statement was that she wouldn't comment until his divorce was through. Her only other comment about Gibson was that he is a "fabulous man."

Pochepa had a less-than-convincing explanation of why she doesn't look like the girl in the bikini shot. "My hair burns to a darker color in the sun," she said, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported.

Meanwhile, Russkoye Radio quoted an unidentified friend of Pochepa's as saying the singer hasn't visited the United States for the last three years.