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I don't know why I love reality TV. I guess I always sway to that sort of genre - biographies, autobiographies and blogs are my favourite reading material so it's kind of natural that reality TV is also amongst my favourite viewing. I like to see real people living and reacting in real circumstances. I'm fascinated by human behaviour. But how real is it? Do the contestants/participants play up to the cameras? How much influence does editing have on the final product?
Obviously, drama, tears and cat fights are good for ratings. I readily admit to being entertained by this sort of thing, although I'm just as happy to watch people getting along. Editing no doubt magnifies any small disagreement and along with clever promotional material for the show in question, can turn it into a ratings draw card. If a reality TV show has a villain, then all the better. In recent times, the following "villains" have kept viewers entertained:
|Many viewers took a dislike to Jenna's attitude on The Block. |
But were producers manipulating emotions by awarding
Jenna & Josh a number of room wins in a row?
|Melanie and James caused such outrage on My Kitchen Rules|
with their comments about other contestants' food that
they ended up receiving hate mail and death threats.
Were they just victims of editing?
|Deni Hines (right) has not fared well with viewers of Celebrity |
Apprentice after going head to head with reality TV star Polly
from The Block, and in recent episodes, model Jesinta Campbell.
In all three of the above cases, each ousted contestant has given interviews saying their actions and words were completely taken out of context. They claim to not be anything like they have been portrayed. My question is can they be taken so much out of context as to be virtually false, or is the old saying "where there's smoke, there's fire" true?
What do you think? What's your favourite reality show and do you have a favourite villain?
Have you been on a reality TV show? Can you shed light on the issue of nasty people or clever editing?