Ah, reality TV.
The home of arranged marriages, fruit bowl throwing incidents, wife swapping, mass group dates and well… a complete lack of reality.
Yes, we know it’s manipulated and heavily edited – but year after year, reality TV just keeps growing in popularity.
Since Big Brother hit Australian screens in 2001, it’s safe to say that reality TV has become a staple in Australian homes on a nightly basis.
Despite its popularity, however, reality TV comes with a lot of negative connotations.
The Feed’s Michelle Rimmer finds out what it means to be a reality TV survivor. Post continues below.
This year alone, we’ve seen fiery and often violent arguments break out on Australian reality TV shows like Married at First Sight, not to mention the complete vilification of ‘villains’ on shows including The Bachelor, Bachelor In Paradise, and of course, MAFS on social media.
But how exactly do reality TV producers manipulate contestants to get the results they want? And what’s it really like to return to real life after a stint on reality TV?
On the latest episode of SBS’s The Feed, journalist Michelle Rimmer spoke to former reality TV contestants as well as a producer about the reality of reality TV.
Here’s what she discovered.
The talk of doom.
During the episode, journalist Michelle Rimmer spoke to Marion Farrelly – a reality TV producer who has overseen some of Australia’s biggest reality TV shows, including Farmer Wants A Wife, Celebrity Apprentice, and X Factor.
Speaking to Rimmer, Farrelly shared the ‘talk of doom’ she gives contestants before they take the plunge to appear on reality TV.