Reality shows are something the modern generations lived by. Tho it sounds little frightening, it is how it is, they may learn something or they don’t, it’s all about each person. However, how were these shows made and how are they being made?
Pimp My Ride
- “The cars were in garages for about 6 months on average instead of several weeks as it was presented to us.”
- “They tuned the cars only for show: first, they didn’t fix the internal parts, second, most of the cool things they put on the cars were removed right after shooting (mostly because of safety precautions because installing a monitor on a door handle to watch a movie while opening the door is a really strange idea).”
- “Rusty cars, completely broken parts — most of these problems were made up by producersat the beginning of the show in order to demonstrate how big the transformation was.”
“I know that I’m quite overweight but they went too far. According to the script, there were supposed to be sweets all over my car, allegedly in case I would get hungry. But I never had any sweets in my car, it was made especially for the show. In the trunk, they installed a cotton candy machine. I think they liked this idea and they just used a fat guy to implement it in real life.” said Seth Martino.
- The final parts of the episodes were often shot many times. The producers said, ’Come on! We tried! Give us more emotion.’”
- The only person all the participants had very good memories of was Xzibit. As one of the participants remembered, “He was always relaxed, funny, and supported all ideas.”
- First, there is an audition: some of the girls are invited for ratings, for example, famous models or bloggers. Another aspect is non-standard looking people: unusual appearances, professions, an extravagant image, a difficult life, and so on.
- “I auditioned for The Bachelor and didn’t get picked to be a contestant because they said I wasn’t pretty enough and didn’t have an interesting life story! They were obviously only letting attractive, interesting people on the show!”
- The shooting process continues 24 hours per day, so a lot is not shown on air. The material is compiled in a way that makes it look more dramatic.
- “During my exit interview, a producer asked, ‘Don’t you miss your family?’ and I just lost it,” she says. “So as I’m talking about my family and how I miss them, I’m then asked about how I feel about Ben. I’m crying, and it appears that I’m devastated that Ben didn’t choose me.” said Jaime Otis, one of the participants.
- “My friend’s sister made it pretty far on Juan Pablo’s season. We would hang out at her watch parties afterward. She said the producers DO have a lot to do with almost everything (not a shocker) and she basically says she just went on for all the free potential traveling. Not for Juan…obviously.”
- According to the participants, the producers often talked to them before the voting in order to offer them hypothetical ways the story could go. “What if this participant leaves today? What if you said that?” These questions planted ideas into the participants’ minds and sometimes made them make different decisions. This is a manipulation, but on the other hand, they didn’t intervene directly.
- The shooting crew helped the participants, but the stories are all about cameramen lending their lighters (but on the show, it looked like they got fire thanks to glasses and sunlight), or a journalist sharing candy. Not more than that.
- The theories about a hotel where the participants allegedly stayed are not true. There were hotels but only for the crew and usually on the neighboring island. On the island with the participants, there were only 5 people: 2 cameramen, 2 journalists, and a doctor.
“A friend of mine made it to the blind auditions and was eliminated. He wanted to sing a certain song for the audition that airs on TV, but NBC didn’t have the rights to it, so they gave him a song that was honestly out of his league. Then when he didn’t get picked, the judges turned around and told him the song was too ambitious. His family and friends that came (the ones you see in the back room with Carson) only saw him very briefly during that taping, then he was taken back to the hotel the contestants stay at. It’s not surprising, NBC has a very successful show on its hands, and will mold it as they please. He got a lot of press out of it though and has managed to stay living off of his music career, so it’s not all bad.”
Man vs Wild
“We had proper food packed with us, but I would occasionally try some stuff Bear had — like live fish or the rocks in Mexico.
We would try to control the risk where possible, though. We shot Bear walking along the edge of a 600-foot cliff in Copper Canyon, and Simon was following him with the camera, but could not see the edge because his eye was on the eyepiece and the camera was obscuring his field of vision toward the cliff. So we had our mountaineering safety guy, Dave (the other unsung hero of the series) put a harness on Simon and keep a hand on him at all times, ready to pull him back if he looked like he was getting too close.
I suppose the only ’cheats’ per se were that whenever Bear had to do something dangerous, like jumping off a waterfall, we’d thoroughly check it out first, testing the depth, checking for hidden obstacles underwater, etc. before letting him jump off.” said assistant director
America’s Next Top Model
“My sister was on there for a few episodes as well (Kathryn, cycle 12, forever branded ‘The crazy pen girl’) Tyra humiliated her, but apparently pulled her aside afterward and gave her a half apology/half ‘that’s showbiz’ explanation. My sister also said that her entire staff LOATHED her because of her outbreaks.”
“Any girl who has been on ANTM can back me up. No one wants to take us serious as models. I am sure the show lost its credibility in producing a top model somewhere between making 3 cycles a year and posing on roller coasters.”
The show of one of the most popular top models in the world didn’t produce the next America’s top model.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
“I helped audition people, I got the contestants to sign their paperwork after they were done on the show, we had people who took a test 30 times but never passed.
One of my dad’s friends auditioned one time. He was a smart guy but he didn’t pass the test. He was sooooo mad. He refused to accept it and called my dad to yell at him. It put a strain on their friendship and I don’t think they talk anymore. Most people fail and refuse to accept it.
Charles Barkley and Spike Lee made me trash a dressing room one time. I spent two days setting it up and they destroyed it in 3 minutes. They weren’t being mean, just having fun. It was pretty fun. Tyra Banks was terrible.”
What Not to Wear
“They gave all my things to Goodwill. I had a few things that were my grandmother’s. I kept them.”
“The other interesting thing is that the $5,000 is YOUR money. You pay the tax on it so you don’t have to actually spend all of it. You could buy a belt and be like, ’Okay, peace out, I’m done shopping.’ They can’t make you spend your money. (Of course, then there is no show so it’s a trade-off…)
I was super lucky, or maybe this is the norm, but one of the producers told me the first day to NOT spend all $5,000 and set aside some of the money for taxes. As you are shopping, someone else has control of your money. It isn’t like you are walking around with 5,000 in your pocket so it is difficult to know how much you have spent and when to stop. I constantly checked in on where I was moneywise!
And finally, the other thing NO ONE sees on air is that a huge chunk of your money goes toward tailoring. Literally EVERYTHING you buy is later tailored to you. At the end of the week the seamstress comes to your hotel room, you try everything on, she pins and marks it all and a few days later everything is all returned to you with the perfect fit. You pay for that service out of your $5,000 as well as any accessories and shoes.”
“The way the show is devised made it so we didn’t have to stage things. Quite frankly, it would be too difficult for us and I doubt any of the contestants could pull it off convincingly. Actors they were not.
The trick was simple: cast hotheads, turn up the heat, give them only a little rest then sit back and watch the fireworks.”
By the way, during the second season, one of the producers noticed that at the beginning of the show, only 4 participants were smokers. And by the end of it, there were 10 smokers among them.
Britain’s Psychic Challenge and other similar shows
The participant and winner of season 15, Julia Vang amazed the viewers with her amazing abilities. But few people know in 2009, Julia starred in a comedy movie. Earlier, in 2006, she took part in a different TV show where she played the role of a popular Russian singer’s lover. So, in the past, she was an actress and then suddenly became a psychic. However, there may be a simpler explanation: she is still an actress pretending to be a psychic.
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