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Hon­estly, I thought re­al­ity TV was dead un­til Mar­ried At First Sight came onto our screens. But, here we are once again as the na­tion talk­ing about these “re­al­ity” shows. I think that’s my biggest prob­lem with it, it’s not re­al­ity.

It’s com­pletely scripted and de­signed to look like re­al­ity but in ac­tual fact, ev­ery mo­ment of the show is planned out. We can sit here and blame the net­works for air­ing this stuff but when it comes down to it, they wouldn’t air it if peo­ple didn’t watch it.

If I had to pick a favourite re­al­ity-style TV show it would have to be

The Block.

Yes, this show plays on scripted drama as well, but at least the con­tes­tants are work­ing to­ward some­thing pos­i­tive.

Plus who doesn’t love Scotty Cam. These shows are per­fect for ac­tors be­cause that’s what they are - scripted drama shows.

That said, I guess that’s the way the world is headed with so­cial me­dia too.

This hyped-up con­se­quence-free world is the new nor­mal.

We see peo­ple put fake/scripted lives on In­sta­gram which is meant to be re­al­ity but it’s quite the op­po­site.

I guess the one change I would like to see in the re­al­ity TV in­dus­try is that it not be called re­al­ity.

It’s drama. It’s not re­al­ity.

And for those in our so­ci­ety that are more vul­ner­a­ble to be in­flu­enced by these shows, I think it’s only fair that they can see clearly what is re­al­ity and what isn’t.


The cricket is done and dusted, the footy is yet to start, Net­flix seems to be go­ing through a mid-life cri­sis and there are only so many five minute craft videos I can man­age on Youtube.

So what are we watch­ing? Ter­ri­fy­ingly, re­al­ity TV is rep­re­sent­ing 89 per cent of the Aus­tralian TV view­ing au­di­ence at the mo­ment, with one of the pace­set­ters and rat­ings rulers be­ing Mar­ried At First Sight. This show rep­re­sents ev­ery­thing that is wrong with the world, vile, over-in­flated per­son­al­i­ties, de­bauched and con­trived plot lines and soul­less sce­nar­ios cen­tring around hate and neg­a­tiv­ity. We may as well be watch­ing ques­tion time. I can’t stand this style of train wreck TV and yet, with more than 1 mil­lion view­ers per night, it’s the most pop­u­lar show of the mo­ment. Next up, My Kitchen Rules, a cook­ing show, a le­git tal­ent/skill based show.

Ok, cool. But wait, the whole show is now pro­moted around one con­tes­tant call­ing an­other a “tranny”. All hell breaks loose and we for­get about cook­ing.

Let’s not for­get I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here, with­out the celebri­ties - or au­di­ence. Thank god for Richard Reid, at least he brought some class and spunk to the show. How­ever, there is a glim­mer of hope and it comes in the form of our lo­cal hero, God among men, Ado­nis, life­saver and all-round nice guy Jett Kenny, as he takes to the screen on Danc­ing With The Stars.

Jett’s sis­ter Mor­gan is the dancer of the fam­ily, so here’s to hop­ing she can pass on a few tips to the lit­tle bro as he takes on a gen­uine line-up of talented celebri­ties in a show that does ac­tu­ally re­quire some tal­ent, skill and abil­ity.


Gone are the days of Mcleod’s Daughters, where you could set­tle in on a Wed­nes­day night with your fam­ily as you were get­ting ready for Aus­tralia’s most-loved drama. Nowa­days, Aus­tralia’s favourite drama seems to be Mar­ried At First Sight.

Or shows much like it!

Four times a week I say to my­self, “Ok, no more of this crap, this is the last night I’m watch­ing this so called “so­cial ex­per­i­ment”. But, I’m glued to the drama!

I can’t look away!

How­ever, for the first time on Mon­day night I ac­tu­ally turned MAFS off. I’m done. But, did I turn on Net­flix and draw some in­spi­ra­tion from Marie Kondo’s show Tidy­ing Up?

No, I did not. I knew it wouldn’t “spark joy” for my Mon­day night’s view­ing, so in­stead, I flicked from one re­al­ity show to an­other.

Danc­ing with the Stars! With real celebri­ties! Shut the front door!

Oh, I was so ex­cited that live, un­scripted re­al­ity TV had hit my op­ti­cal nerves. It hasn’t been on TV for a while, but this year’s Danc­ing with the Stars is hosted by none other than Grant Denyer and Amanda Keller, and I have to say it was sen­sa­tional! Some of the celebs in­clude Sa­muel Johnson, Olympia Valance, Michelle Bridges and none other than our very own Sunny Coast boy Jett Kenny.

Man, I was so proud of him last night! We love hav­ing Jett on our show, but see­ing him steam up the dance floor with his dance part­ner Lily was just awe­some.

It’s fun, there’s no drama and the judges have a great vibe this year. It’s the REAL-ITY show we’ve all been crav­ing!

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