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"Real World: D.C."'s very special guest stars: The Washingtonians who hooked up on camera


Krystal Leigh Cunningham, left, and cast member Andrew Woods appear in this screengrab from "Real World: D.C."

For three months last year, this city gawked at the gang of eight young camera-ready transplants who MTV plopped down in Dupont Circle as the subjects of "The Real World: D.C." -- their bar nights, grocery runs, part-time jobs and drunken fights. But now that the series is finally on the air ... we're more intrigued by their dates.

Midway through the season, we've watched a half-dozen young Washingtonians enjoying various levels of on-camera nookie with the reality-show stars. They run the gamut from Alli, a college student who ventured into the house at 20th and S with the show's token nerd, Andrew Woods, but would only cuddle; to bartender Eric, who had the full Relationship Talk with the show's token gay guy, Mike Manning, in Wednesday's episode. Eric did not reply to a message. Alli declined to comment, saying she doesn't want to be linked to the show while job-hunting.

Thus far, the action hasn't been all that hot. "It's the goody-goody season," said local writer Chris Wiggins, who amassed a Twitter clearinghouse of "RWDC" sightings and now does weekly podcasts dissecting the show. In Episode 2, local gal Krystal Leigh Cunningham guest-starred in that most iconic of reality-show traditions: The Hot Tub Make-Out Scene. "I was a theater major," she told City Paper last month, "so obviously the cameras didn't make me nervous."

What's it like, getting lucky on camera? A little contrived, according to Kelly Ann Collins, who was seen going home with cast member Josh Colon in a recent episode. (They're still friends.) She didn't linger late that particular night, she told us, because of the bizarro production rules: "If you were not out by 3 a.m., you had to spend the entire night." (Also: Guests had to surrender cellphones and IDs, shed clothing with logos, sign waivers.)

The D.C. event planner/society blogger told us she did stay over on later nights, which we may yet see on air. "You could hear cameras zooming in and out when you're trying to sleep," she said. "And they made it really hot, I think so you'd throw the covers off." Any regrets? "I probably wouldn't have worn those pink pants" into the stage-lighted house, she laughed. "It's so bright in there!"

By The Reliable Source  |  February 12, 2010; 1:02 AM ET
 
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