Bibb County couple appearing on pair of reality shows

pramati@macon.comDecember 3, 2012 

LIZELLA -- If Christy Spires has her way, Honey Boo Boo won’t be Middle Georgia’s only reality TV star.

“If (a reality show) wants to spend a solid year filming my every move, I’d do it in a heartbeat,” Spires said with a chuckle. “I love the attention. I love the money. I love all of it. I want it. Give it to me now!”

Spires, who said she has applied for more than 100 reality shows, will get her wish Tuesday and Wednesday nights, when she and her fiance, Chris Maddox, will be featured on two different shows on two different cable networks.

Tuesday night, Maddox is the subject of the season finale of Spike TV’s “Tattoo Nightmares,” which airs at 11 p.m. The show involves bad tattoos, and Maddox gets a former tattoo re-inked.

The next night, the couple will be on a TLC pilot called “Neat Freaks,” in which Spires’ penchant for obsessive cleaning is put to the test during an engagement party. That episode is set to air at 10 p.m.

The two hope that if TLC picks up the pilot, it could morph into a bigger gig with their own series. Maddox noted that Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson started out as a contestant on TLC’s “Toddlers & Tiaras” before getting her own series, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”

The couple should find out next month if another potential pilot, this one revolving around Maddox’s planning the couple’s wedding -- with no input from Spires -- gets picked up.

While Spires, 32, said it’s been her longtime dream to appear on TV, Maddox said he didn’t follow the reality genre until he and Spires began dating a couple of years ago. The two have known each other for years, growing up in the Juliette area.

“I never really cared about TV, but I love her and it makes her happy,” the 33-year-old aid.

That may help explain why Maddox endured a 13-hour procedure to cover up an old tattoo with an ornate, 3-D koi, a type of carp, over his right pectoral for “Tattoo Nightmares.”

Maddox had gotten a heart tattoo in high school when he thought his high school girlfriend had gotten pregnant. He learned that he wasn’t the biological father of the girl’s son, though, and he’d been wanting to get rid of the tattoo.

Spires, 32, applied to the show. She said her appearance is one of the rare times a girlfriend was allowed to accompany the show’s subject. Neither of them was allowed to look at the new tattoo during the procedure, which made the ordeal seem even longer, Maddox said.

Spires said such a tattoo done by a well-known artist would have typically cost thousands of dollars, and having the tattoo removed with lasers would have been even more expensive -- and painful. Instead, the tattoo upgrade was free, as well as a trip to Hollywood with first-class accommodations when they traveled there in July.

Spires said she even was able to earn $8,000 when she shot photos and video of actress Kelly Osbourne acting out on the flight back to Atlanta, which she sold to Star Magazine.

Spires is more of the focus for “Neat Freaks,” which highlights four couples, and one of the people involved is neat to the point of obsessiveness.

Spires, who keeps her home in immaculate shape, said she’s even reluctant to host parties because she’s constantly concerned about people spilling drinks or leaving crumbs.

To get Spires out of her comfort zone, the show’s producers decided to throw the couple an engagement party, with many friends and relatives on hand, to see how she would react.

“I love to clean,” she said. “I think there are a lot of worse things than that.”

Spires said she knows that both shows will be edited so that some of the things they say and do will be taken out of context, and that the most extreme behavior will be shown. “I played for the camera a little bit, but that’s also how I really am,” she said. “I’m sure they’ll paint me as a sex-crazed cleaning maniac.”

Spires said she’s applied over the years to reality shows including “Big Brother” and “The Real World.” She’d love to join the Kardashian sisters on a shopping trip one day.

Maddox said he’s a big fan of the A&E reality series “Duck Dynasty” -- which airs its season finale opposite the premiere of “Neat Freaks” Wednesday.

Spires and Maddox said they aren’t concerned how the people who watch the shows may judge them.

“You’re always going to have good and bad comments,” she said. “But as long as people are talking, that’s it. ... I don’t care what people think. I know who I am.”