Vanilla Ice Goes Amish Again

Vanilla Ice reunites with his 'Amish ninjas,' starting October 11 at 10/9c.

Ice in Amish Country

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Cultural Assimilation

For his latest odyssey, and in an unexpected turn, Rob Van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice, spends time living and working on a farm near Fredericksburg, Ohio, as a guest in the nation's largest Amish community. Ice is seen here with his Amish host, John Schalabach.

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Downtime

Ice gets in touch with his rootsier and acoustic side in the rural setting of the Ohio Amish country.

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Behind the Scenes: Arrival Day

Behind-the-scenes photographers catch a moment of the production crew shooting Ice's arrival and first impressions in the Amish community. Several Belgian draft horses look on in bewilderment.

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BEFORE

Vanilla Ice, in familiar form, arrives in Amish country and begins to take in a world that's a bit unlike the one he's accustomed to. In short order, he'll be getting something of a wardrobe makeover.

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AFTER

... and so Ice takes on some of the traditional accoutrements of the Amish lifestyle. More on this later.

Arrival Day

Vanilla Ice explores the farm and the community that will be home base for a while as the camera crew documents his first day's experiences.

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Arrival Day

Ice talks on camera about his first impressions and first day on the farm.

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Arrival Day

Ice takes a quiet moment to contemplate the adventure that lies ahead.

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Arrival Day

Ice makes a new acquaintance, a Belgian draft horse — a breed that's particularly strong and well suited for the rigors of pre-industrial-style farm work.

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Arrival Day

Ice meets community member John Schalabach, who will serve as his host and guide during his stay with the Amish community.

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Arrival Day

Vanilla Ice and John Schalabach

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Arrival Day

Vanilla Ice and John Schalabach

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Arrival Day

Ice and John begin a walking tour of the farm.

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Arrival Day

John shows Ice one of the horse-drawn buggies that members of his community rely upon for transportation.

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New Digs

In a land far away from L.A. or South Beach Miami, this is the home of John Schalabach — and the house that Vanilla Ice will call home during his stay with the Amish community.

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New Digs

The modest and traditional home of John Schalabach

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New Threads

It's forward fashion in reverse as Ice dons traditional Amish attire.

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New Lid

The ensemble is not complete without the appropriate headwear.

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New Look

Ice gets comfortable in his newly adopted Amish apparel.

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Cultural Assimilation

Once the new ensemble is complete, photo opportunities do arise.

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Cultural Assimilation

More photo ops.

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Cultural Assimilation

And photo ops keep coming.

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Cultural Assimilation

New friends are discovered around every corner.

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Farm Breakfast

Over breakfast, Vanilla Ice discusses the day's activities with John and Rob Schalabach.

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Table Talk

Rob Schalbach shares his ideas for the kitchen remodel with his dad and Vanilla Ice.

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Table Talk

Vanilla Ice and the Schalabachs get the day started off right with a hearty breakfast before they begin work on their remodel.

Table Talk

John Schalabach and Vanilla Ice discuss the kitchen remodel over breakfast at the Schalabach's kitchen table.

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Morning Work

Ice meets up with his host, John Schalabach, at the barn and prepares for his first day's work on the farm.

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Morning Work

Vanilla Ice and John Schalabach exchange pleasantries as they prepare for their first day of work.

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Tools of the Trade

The proper equipment will be critical for today's farm chores.

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Morning Work

John explains the scope of what's involved in today's tasks.

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Down on the Farm

Amish host, John Schalabach, gives Vanilla Ice some pointers on how to do chores around the farm.

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Down on the Farm

As it turns out, today's first job involves one of the less glamorous aspects of farm living: shoveling manure from the stalls in the horse barn.

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Down on the Farm

The camera crew misses not one single moment of this rare opportunity in documentary filmmaking.

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Power Tools

Pitchforks and wheelbarrows are one thing, but this is more like it.

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New Ride

It's a long way to the L.A. Freeway, but this traditional Amish buggy has been specially modified at Woodlyn Carriage Company in Millersburg, Ohio.

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Alternative Transportation

After a day's work, Ice and John Schalabach arrive back at home at the farm in Fredericksburg.

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Porch Time

Ice and John share some well-deserved downtime at John's cabin home.

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Porch Time

John Schalabach listens as Ice strums a few chords on an acoustic guitar. Perhaps there's a living to be made with this music thing. Stay tuned. More behind-the-scenes photography coming soon.
Back to the Vanilla Ice Goes Amish show page for more photos and video.

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Meet the Host

Vanilla Ice

Although he’s best known for his '90s music, Rob VanWinkle, a.k.a Vanilla Ice, is also a successful real-estate entrepreneur and a remodeling expert with more than 15 years of hands-on home improvement experience. 

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About The Show

Pop icon and knock-out home renovator Vanilla Ice ditches his high tech power tools and moves to Amish country to learn the lost art of hand craftsmanship. Go inside the largest Amish settlement in the U.S. as a group of young men and women help him tackle construction projects ranging from kitchen additions to traditional barn raisings, all without nails and screws. He'll earn his keep working on the farm as he learns to embrace the simpler life and fully immerse into the unique culture that has been isolated from the rest of the world.
Season 1, Episode 1

A Stranger in a Strange Land: Rob Works with His New Crew to Give an Amish Grandmother a New Kitchen

Vanilla Ice arrives in Amish country and says goodbye to modern conveniences as he settles into his new life on the farm with his Amish host John. After an early morning wake up call, and a rigorous round of shoveling manure, Ice joins his Amish construction crew to begin renovating an outdated kitchen for a devout Amish family experiencing some hardship.

Saturday
May 20
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 2

Palm Beach Patio Hits Ohio

John assigns Vanilla Ice to a backyard patio project and relies on him to bring his Florida design talents to this bleak Ohio yard. Working hard to win over his new Amish crew, led by 19-year-old foreman Kevin, he learns first-hand about their work ethic while teaching them a few tricks and rhymes of his own.

Saturday
May 20
8am | 7c
Season 1, Episode 3

An Old Basement Goes Feng Shui

John wants Vanillia Ice's help on his next big project - a Mennonite family's basement that's in desperate need of an update. The Amish know craftsmanship and Rob knows how to rock out an entertainment space, so together they transform the dungeon-like basement into a modern, zen family room.

Saturday
May 20
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 1, Episode 4

Hillside Farm Gets a Facelift

Vanilla Ice and co-worker Mel come up with a plan for a fantastic facelift to the hilltop house - including new windows, an extended patio with awning, decorative cultured stone and low maintenance landscaping that Mel and is wife can handle with minimal effort. Meanwhile Vanilla Ice 'ices out' his very own Amish buggy, turning quite a few heads when he rolls up on the job site.

Saturday
May 20
9am | 8c
Season 1, Episode 5

A Real Amish Barn Raising!

When John heads out of town for a horse auction, Vanilla Ice asks to work with Robert on a neighbor's barn renovation - an excellent opportunity to give back to the community that has given him so much. Knowing they'll need all the manpower they can get, Rob brings in his own team from Florida while Robert rallies all the familiar Amish faces to join forces in an old-fashioned barn raising.

Saturday
May 20
9:30am | 8:30c

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