what`s your favorite reality tv show?

April 16, 2013 at 8:30 am 2 comments

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i still go for american idol. i like this show because it gives simple folks like me a chance to showcase their singing talent other than in the shower. while the opportunity is there for the taking, it takes a lot of guts to audition for american idol. judging can be harsh and mean-spirited. contestants are subjected to embarrassing remarks not only about their performance but their personality and physical appearance as well. as a case in point, simon cowell once compared the face of a contestant to that of a raccoon.

reality tv shows have mushroomed since the success of american idol. it seems that the art of make-believe has lost its allure. the networks love reality shows. they are cheaper to produce and easy sell to the gullible public. what is it about them that we like very much? is it the penchant for blood that we inherited from our roman ancestors? is it the feeling of superiority that we experience when we see one contestant after another humiliated in front of million viewers? is it the privilege of voting for your favorites, too? it’s interesting that some fans are allegedly using power dialers to skew the voting system and thereby making it a farce.

now in its 12th season, american idol is showing its age maturity. compared to last season, it has lost 23 percent of viewers in the 18-49 age group, the most coveted by advertisers. simon cowell and paula abdul are gone as well as the abrasive style of judging popularized by simon cowell. after they left the show, the judging panel has gone through a revolving door of kinder and gentler celebrities. the current judges are randy jackson, mariah carey, nicki minaj, and keith urban.

although american idol ratings has declined, it doesn’t mean we’re seeing the last of it. as it remains the #1 rated tv singing competition in the u.s., it will certainly be back next year to compete with other reality shows for our attention. a few that come to mind are: so you think you can dance, x-factor, the voice, america’s got talent, splash, and dancing with the stars. but say, how about the show casting virgins as young as 18 as they journey towards losing it? it could have been inspired by the story of a brazilian student who auctioned off her virginity at ebay for a mind-boggling $780,000. but forget about it, people. after much anticipation and controversy, it didn’t get to first base.

i wonder how long will this fascination for reality shows lasts. i guess it will continue until the networks stop producing them and find other ways to keep us entertained.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dugutigui  |  April 20, 2013 at 8:12 am

    I stop looking TV some 20 years ago… 🙂

    • 2. plaridel  |  April 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm


      i can assure you that you haven’t missed much. 🙂


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