Strangers taking off each others clothes and climbing into bed sounds like an average Tinder or Grindr date. It’s also a reality show in several countries.
There was an unexpected love connection on season four of Australia’s version of The Bachelor: two women competing for the bachelor are now a couple.
Two judges on New Zealand’s The X Factor were fired today following their awful, cruel comments to a contestant last night during the second season’s first live episode. Natalia Kills and Willy Moon, who are married, joined the show as coach/mentors. After contestant Joe Irvine performed, Natalia accused him of plagiarizing her husband’s look. Via… continue reading
Three cast members of a new French reality series, including two Olympians, were killed along with five crew members and the pilots of two helicopters that crashed in Argentina Monday. The helicopters crashed after takeoff from a football field near Villa Castelli at the start of the second leg of the adventure competition series Dropped, MY TF1… continue reading
This American Life’s episode this weekend was about “Human Spectacle,” and although the intros drew connections to reality television, there was only one story about reality TV–and it was horrifying. It’s the story of a comedian who starred in a 1998 Japanese reality show, Susunu! Denpa Shōnen, which left him alone in a room, naked… continue reading
The viral video of the moment, below, is a 10-second clip from a French reality TV competition called La Meilleure Boulangerie de France, which translates to Best Bakery: France and is France’s version of Britain’s Best Bakery, a competition between bakeries that airs on weekdays. In the one day that this clip has been posted,… continue reading
A contestant on South Korean dating series Jjak hanged herself with a hair dryer’s cord in the island house where the show is filmed, leading the network, SBS, to cancel the series. The woman, Jeon, was 29, and competing on a show that combined elements of Big Brother and The Bachelor. The Korea Times reports… continue reading
Last night, Big Brother creator John De Mol launched a new series in the Netherlands, one that strands 15 people for a year to start a new society. It’s like Big Brother except without the challenges, manipulation, and everything else that’s part of Big Brother. Utopia is loosely based on the Thomas More novel of… continue reading
Paula Abdul will become the head judge on So You Think You Can Dance–though the Australian version, not the in-need-of-a-makeover Fox version, when it returns in 2014. The Australian version was cancelled after three seasons in 2010, but Network Ten has picked up a version now produced by Shine Australia. The Telegraph calls this “a… continue reading
An X Factor New Zealand auditioner delivered a horrific and hilarious performance that may not be worst audition ever on a signing competition, as some suggest, but it is quite memorable. Because supermarket employee Mitchell Wahl’s pre-audition interview comes across like an obvious put-on, I was expecting a Susan Boyle moment, though in reverse. You… continue reading
The doctor on France’s version of Survivor, Koh-Lanta, has committed suicide, blaming the media for its coverage of a contestant’s death just over a week earlier. Dr. Thierry Costa wrote in his suicide note that “my name has been sullied in the media” and cited “unfair accusations.” Gerald Babin, 25, had a heart attack and… continue reading
A contestant on Koh-Lanta, which is France’s version of Survivor, died on the first day of production in Cambodia. Gérald Babin had a heart attack during the first challenge. Production of its 16th season was suspended and the other contestants have returned to Paris. A statement from the network and production company, translated from French,… continue reading
Reeva Steenkamp, the 29-year-old girlfriend of Olympian Oscar Pistorius who was shot to death Thursday, is a cast member on a South African reality series that started airing two days after she died. She’s a cast member on the fifth season of Tropika Island of Treasure (Tropika is a brand name), which debuted Saturday on… continue reading
I generally find hidden camera shows to be an impossibly low form of reality television and humor, because they usually involve emotional manipulation of someone for a cheap laugh. (I am all for emotional manipulation when the subjects consent, like on SyFy’s hilarious Total Blackout or, you know, any other reality series.) There’s just no… continue reading
Last year at this time, a video of a Dutch So You Think You Can Dance auditioner dancing on his penis went viral, and now, another audition on an international talent show is blowing up, thanks to contestants who eat glass bulbs and get run over by a car, among other things that should destroy… continue reading