Van Winkle Ventures To Ohio Amish Country

Vanilla Ice heads to Amish country for a strange new reality series, Vanilla Ice Goes Amish, that follows the ex-rapper turned construction guru as he learns new renovation tricks out of his comfort zone.

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Vanilla Ice goes Amish! Yep, Vanilla Ice is actually set to star in a new reality television show called Vanilla Ice Goes Amish on the DIY network. TV Guide explains Vanilla Ice — real name Robert Van Winkle — will spend time in an Ohio Amish community to observe and learn the Amish way of woodworking.

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Set to premiere in the fall of 2013, Vanilla Ice goes Amish will be Van Winkle's second show on the DIY network after the popular The Vanilla Ice Project. Vanilla Ice's current DIY reality show follows Van Winkle as he renovates a 7,000-square-foot Palm Beach, Florida mansion room by room. The Vanilla Ice Project was just renewed for a fourth season.

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The Amish are a major source of inspiration for many reality television shows, especially for Scripps Networks Interactive, which owns DIY and TLC along with the Food Network and HGTV. Breaking Amish was a major ratings success for TLC until news broke in 2012 that the show may be more fiction than fact. It's not clear why the Amish — usually a private community — continue to open their homes to reality television crews, but it's clear Vanilla Ice Goes Amish is sure to attract a curious audience.

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