I have recently started getting more and more into reality TV. I have always loved shows like the Apprentice and I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, but my love has stretched this year to shows like X Factor and Made In Chelsea. Arguments have been made that these reality TV show stars are too stupid to get real jobs, but personally, if Peter Andre get paid thousands for having people film him for a day, then hats off to him.

However, there are things that I am always surprised that these reality TV stars do not consider and these are below:


In a lot of these reality TV shows, there is a personal space the stars can confess their problem to or talk about one of the other stars (the diary room in Big Brother). Hell, most of ‘The Only Way of Essex’ or ‘Made in Chelsea’ are the characters talking about their exs or current girlfriends behind their backs. The thing I have always wondered is don’t these people realise that they will get caught. There is no scenario where they don’t get found out.

"I think Edward is such a div." "Dude, I am right here!"

“I think Edward is such a div.” “Dude, I am right here!”

Without being rude, the people who star on reality TV are often egotistical, or at the very least, will watch themselves on their own show. Who wouldn’t? What they will see is the other cast members talking about them, often in a rude, hostile way. At least with ‘Come Dine With Me’, ‘I’m a Celeb’ or ‘Big Brother’, there is a sense that they can bitch about the other people, because when the show is over, they don’t have to see that person again. But when it comes to ‘TOWIE’, these stars have to come back for the next series, in some cases stay in a relationship, after seeing their partner bitch about them to their mates. I am just going to make a good guess that there are some rows that the audience don’t see, in between the series.


Although Reality TV is real (yeah, I know, right!), there needs to be a sense of a story. The way the editors handle this is featuring key characters, at the very least, the good person and the bad person. For example, let’s say two men from ‘TOWIE’ are fighting over the same girl. Sometimes it helps the audience root for them if the editors make out one to be the bad guy and one to be the good guy. Stories work better with conflict.

Not that one of the characters is bad; that is the clever work of the editors. They can go through all the footage they have of the show and put a certain scowl or phrase out of context, turning one of the characters into an arrogant know-it-all. But what do these stars do when they find out they are the villain of the show? Maybe they are told by the directors beforehand, but no one likes to be told that they are in the wrong in their day-to-day life.


And that ties nicely into my last point. Twitter trolls love reality TV stars. They are often people thrown into fame, before being prepared for it. Look at X Factor’s Christopher Maloney: he took far more abuse than he deserved, simply because his style of music wasn’t want these trolls wanted. It can be worse, when, as said above, someone is made into the TV show’s bad guy.

He's crying. How can I even make a sarcastic caption here? I'll try anyway. Trust Scousers to get over-emotional.

He’s crying. How can I even make a sarcastic caption here? I’ll try anyway. Trust Scousers to get over-emotional.

For example, (SPOILER) in Season two of ‘Made In Chelsea’, Hugo Taylor cheats on his girlfriend, Millie Mackintosh. This is where the boundaries of story and reality are blurred, because this actually happened. The conflict was on the show, but Twitter fans wanted to join in. Therefore, you can imagine the Twitter abuse that would have taken place, when the Millie fans fought back. They are so desperate to be caught up in the debate that the ‘bad guys’ end up suffering on Twitter.

We could argue that they signed up for this, but at the same time, it is a show. Should we be taking it so seriously? Maybe Hugo deserved it? Leave your opinions in the comments below.

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