Category Archives: Reality

News: Manu Feildel Wins Dancing With the Stars 2011!

Manu has continued not only his stellar run on Dancing With the Stars, but also his run on Channel Seven by winning Dancing With The Stars, in what has to be one of the more popular wins.

He beat Hayley Bracken to the title, after Damien Leith was eliminated earlier in the night.

Manu’s newfound popularity was only illustrated further by the first promo for his show “Dinner Date” premiering.

News: Samantha Armytage kicked off Dancing with the Stars + Opinion

The competition is heating up… etc. etc.

But we all know who the favourite is: Manu Feildel. We all know who the best dancer is: Haley Bracken.

They would obviously be the final two, and the only question was: who would make up the final 3 that would go into the Grand Final?

It turned out that Samantha Armytage couldn’t garner enough viewer support to lift her off last place in the ratings.

The final 3 next week will be Damien Leith, Manu Feildel and Haley Bracken.

While Samantha Armytage proved to be a good sport, for her sake, it was good to see her eliminated. The process of the judges tearing strips off her week-in, week-out became not only a bloodsport but also an unwatchable cringe-fest.

Helen tried to be as desperately optimistic and constructive as possible while Todd ranged from savaging her one minute to stating that it was not “personal”.

And criticism of her ranged from the bizarre to the just plain unfair.

Last week she was criticised for putting a George Clooney mask on her partner Brendan during rehearsals. McKenney said this was “insulting” to her partner, presumably because it implied she didn’t find him appealing enough. And while I agree somewhat with this sentiment (think what would happen if he or another man did the same to a woman and tacked an Angelina Jolie face on her head), it was clear that Brendan was not offended in the slightest – and Armytage even alluded to this in the pre-dance package- if he wasn’t insulted, where is the issue?

And also, most of those stunts are cooked up by producers- do they think the couples have enough time in between 9 hour rehearsals to organise stupid stunts like that?

And it was only a couple of weeks before that that her and Lara Bingle  were accused of not working hard enough.

Now I can’t speak for Lara Bingle, but we all know that Samantha Armytage has a job most weekends working on Weekend Sunrise. And when you’re being battered from pillar to post no matter what you do, where is the motivation meant to come from to start working hard?

And anyway, when did this stop being a dancing celebrity competition and start being a celebrity dancing competition?

Seemingly, the judges, namely Todd McKenney now demand celebrities to work themselves to the bone in order to become good dancers, so that they can judge them at the level of professional dancers, rather than celebrities just having a bit of fun.

And you may say that the judges know that scathing criticism is more of a ratings-puller that fawning adoration, but you could argue now that the judges are getting just a little bit too caught up in the competition, and less about the fun of dancing.

I found it contradictory that one week, they would tell people to relax and enjoy themselves, and the next, pick apart their dancing, clothing, work-rate, effort, facial expression and pre-dance package comments (see Lara Bingle’s swipe at McKenney for criticising her hair arrangement). How could anyone relax under those conditions?

But in saying all that, the final should be at least decent viewing because the playing field is the most equal it has been all season.

And there are still a couple of interesting questions still to be answered;

Will Manu be able to topple Hayley?

Will Todd McKenney and Joshua Horner’s simmering tension boil over?

Yes… just a couple of questions.

UPDATED: The Amazing Race Australia Bending the Truth… CONFIRMED!

UPDATE: CONFIRMED:

Check out Sam and Renae’s Facebook page to see them admit that the sisters didn’t “complete the task” on Monday June 20’s episode of The Amazing Race Australia in which it was made out as if Alana landed an arrow and completed the roadblock task.

It turns out she didn’t, hence they didn’t actually complete the task.

Does this constitute The Amazing Race Australia deceiving viewers? Read on for more discussion or leave a comment below.

(Thanks to commenter MolnarErik for the Facebook tip-off).

It would be naive to think that every reality show is presenting us with an accurate depiction of proceedings, especially when their key aim is to entertain, rather than to be honest, but Monday night’s Amazing Race Australia on Channel Seven was simply a bridge too far.

Take a look at Team Alana and Mel (or “the sisters” if you prefer) having a go at a Roadblock challenge in which they had to land 2 arrows on a target with 40 arrows to use.

And to put it in context, “the models” Sam and Renae were on their tail, having caught up to them despite arriving later.

They are also the last two teams in the race, meaning the last team to arrive out of the two of them will be eliminated (possibly).

So, first Renae (shooting for the models) scores their two arrows.

Then, as they are reading their next clue, Alana is down to only one arrow, with only one hit on the board. If she misses the next one, she will incur a four hour time penalty, meaning the models can streak ahead and pass through to the next round easily.

So, what are the odds, do you think, that Alana- who, out of 39 previous shots has only hit the target once (a 3% strike-rate for those playing at home), while suddenly land one on the very last shot (presumably purely out of sheer will and determination)?

Well, apparently very easily.

But take a closer look.

Here she is loading up (or whatever the technical term is):

After she lets go and the arrow flies through the air, it is clear that it is barrelling downwards, and you can see at this point when it crosses the flag the angle it is pointing.

However, before we see it hit the target from this angle, the vision cuts to another shot of the arrow flying up and then down, perfectly into the board.

And the angle at which it lands in the target is that of one angling downward (indicating a more parabolic trajectory).

If that isn’t conclusive enough, have a look at which post she is shooting from (number 5)…

And which it lands on (number 1)…

… And even the small fact that number 1 is located next to a tree, rather than the flag (seen on the left hand side).

So even if my detailed analysis of the trajectory of the arrow is incorrect, why have they cut to another piece of footage?

But you be the judge; see the vision at the Amazing Race website here and jump to 44:28.

So as a result of her apparently hitting the target, they were able to get the clue soon after the models- and even However, even though we saw vision of both of them in taxis, there was no “overtake them!” screaming, leading me to believe that the models were much further ahead. Similarly, for two teams that were supposedly neck-and-neck, there was no footage of them at the end when the models approached the checkpoint mat.

My guess is, is that Alana did not land the last arrow, and were asked if they wanted to wait four hours and then proceed or concede defeat and wait until the models had registered their place before approaching the mat.

But even if I have made a mistake, it still raises the interesting question, does the amount of licence the director takes make it any less of an exciting race? Just because what you see on screen is not always entirely accurate, does it diminish the show’s credibility as a reality show?

Surely others have noticed examples of when teams seem to be down and out but suddenly find themselves back in the race? Or even when teams are trailing others by a long way, but suddenly find themselves neck-and-neck with them at the end (For example, the episode where Mos and Mo were eliminated)?

Even the editing is sometimes somewhat nauseating, for example when teams are waiting to be given a clue, or an envelope, and the vision cuts to a carefully placed hand drawing out an envelope, making it glaringly obvious not everything is filmed then and there.

For mine, it doesn’t make it any less entertaining, however, too much of it and more and more people will become aware of it, and for a show in its first season (in Australia), it can’t seem as if it is cheating viewers (remember the mild furore that emerged when it was revealed Masterchef contestants have their food re-plated?

And for the sake of a couple minutes more of perceived drama, is it all worth it?

What do you think? Am I right or just a conspiracy theorist? And have you noticed other possible reality warps?

Australian TV, Radio and Podcast Twits

I am about to undertake the massive task of compiling a list of Australian Twits.

The list is, and will probably remain, incomplete.

Here goes;

Television

Official Account

Official Account

Official Account (Mobile)

Mark Scott – Managing Director of ABC

Penny Wright – iView Programmer

Bruce Collier – “iView person”

Justine Langford – “Senior Producer / Project Manager, ABC TV Multiplatform”

Bruce Belsham – Editor of abc.net.au

At the Movies

Official Show Account

ABC News

Kerrin Binnie – Journalist

Alan Sunderland – “Head of Policy & Staff Development,ABC News Australia”

Official Account (Melbourne)

ABC News on 3

ABC Elections

ABC Investigations

Behind the News

Antony Green – Political analyst

Kieran Ricketts – ABC News24 Producer

Zoe Daniel – South East Asia Correspondent

Matt Wordsworth – Political Reporter (NSW)

Nick Grimm – Journalist

7:30

Official Show Account

Leigh Sales – Co-host of the newly revamped 7:30

Chris Uhlmann – Co-host of the newly revamped 7:30

Justin Stevens – Producer

Big Ideas

Official Show Account

Review with Myles Barlow

Myles Barlow

Art Nation

Fenella Kernebone – Host

Can We Help

Official Show Account

Catalyst

Official Show Account

4 Corners

Official Show Account

First Tuesday Book Club

Official Show Account

Marieke Hardy

Gardening Australia

Official Show Account

Hungry Beast

Official Show Account

Dan Ilic – Co-host

Kirsten Drysdale – Co-host and reporter

Marc Fennell – Co-host

Elmo Keep – Writer

Monique Schafter

Nick Hayden

Aaron Smith

Lewis Hobba

Ali Russell

Veronica Milsom

Nick McDougall

Kirk Docker

Patrick Clair

Chris Leben (Not a cast member for season 3)

LAID

Marieke Hardy – Writer

Lateline

Official Show Account

Karen Barlow – Producer

Good Game

Official Show Account

Steven Bajo O’Donnell – Presenter and producer

Stephanie Bendixsen – Presenter

Spicks and Specks

Official Show Account

Myf Warhurst – Panellist

Alan Brough – No known account

Adam Hills – Host

Adam Hills in Gordon Street Tonight

Official Account

Q and A

Official Account

Peter McEvoy – Executive Producer

John Safran’s Race Relations

John Safran

Triple J TV

Lindsay McDougall

The Chaser

Official Account

Dominic Knight – Writer

Chas Licciardello – Cast member

Craig Reucassel – Cast member

Andrew Hansen – Cast member

Chris Taylor(possibly) – Cast member

Julian Morrow – Cast member and producer

Insiders

Annabel Crabb – Occasional guest

The Drum

Official Account

Steve Cannane – Host

Annabel Crabb – Occasional guest

Media Watch

Official Show Account

Jonathon Holmes – Host

Foreign Correspondent

Official Show Account

Landline

Official Show Account

Rage

Official Show Account

Countdown

Official Show Account

The Urban Monkey with Murray Foote

Sam Simmons – Comedian

Daniel Keogh – ABC Science Show reporter, famous for becoming broke because of his own goodwill… and Twitter.

Lawrence Leung’s Choose Your Own Adventure

Lawrence Leung

The Gruen Transfer

Official Show Account

Wil Anderson – Host

Todd Sampson

The New Inventors

Official Account

ABC News Breakfast

Official Show Account

Virginia Trioli – Co-host

Michael Rowland


AFL Game Day

Hamish McLachlan

Mark Robinson

Tim Watson

Australia’s Got Talent

Brian McFadden

Grant Denyer

Dannii Minogue

Kyle Sandilands – No Known Account

Better Homes and Gardens

Johanna Griggs – No Known Account

Karen Martini

Jason Hodges – No Known Account

Rob Palmer – No Known Account

Tara Dennis – No Known Account

Border Security

Home and Away

Ray Meagher (Alf Stewart) – No Known Account

Georgie Parker (Roo Stewart) – No Known Account

Lyn Collingwood (Colleen Smart) – No Known Account

Emily Symons (Marilyn Chambers)- No Known Account

Lynne McGranger (Irene Roberts)

Ada Nicodemou (Leah Patterson-Baker)

Josh Quong Tart (Miles Copeland)- No Known Account

Esther Anderson (Charlie Buckton) – No Known Account

Rebecca Breeds (Ruby Buckton)- No Known Account

David Jones-Roberts (Xavier Austin)

Sonia Todd (Gina Austin)- No Known Account

Axle Whitehead (Liam Murphy)

Shane Withington (John Palmer)- No Known Account

Robert Mammone (Sid Walker)- No Known Account

Samara Weaving (Indigo Walker) – Unconfirmed Account

Charles Cottier (Dexter Walker)- No Known Account

Luke Mitchell (Romeo Smith)

Jay Laga’aia (Elijah Johnson)- No Known Account

Rhiannon Fish (April Scott)

Lisa Gormley (Bianca Scott)

Steve Peacocke (Darryl Braxton)- No Known Account

Lincoln Younes (Casey Braxton)- No Known Account

Packed to the Rafters

Hugh Sheridan (Ben Rafter)

Rebecca Gibney – No Known Account

Eric Thompson – No Known Account

Saturday Disney

Sunrise

Official Show Account

David Koch

Melissa Doyle

Natalie Barr

Mark Beretta

Grant Denyer

Fifi Box

Weekend Sunrise

Andrew O’Keefe – No Known Account

Samantha Armytage

The Morning Show

Larry Emdur

The Amazing Race Australia

The X Factor Australia

Luke Jacobz

Today Tonight

Winners and Losers

Virginia Gay – No Known Account

Zoe Tuckwell-Smith – (Rebecca Gilbert)

Melissa Bergland (Jenny Gross)

Rob Mills (Sean)

Melissa Vallejo (Sophie Wong) – No Known Account

Damien Bodie (Jonathan Kurtiss) – No Known Account

Blair McDonough (Matt O’Connor)

Tom Wren (Dr. Doug Graham) – No Known Account

Denise Scott (Trish Gross) – No Known Account

Stephen Phillips (Zach Armstrong) – No Known Account

Jack Pearson (Patrick Gross) – No Known Account

Francis Greenslade (Brian Gross) – No Known Account

Sarah Grace (Bridget Gross) – No Known Account

Mike Smith (Callum Gilbert) – No Known Account

Nick Simpson-Deeks (Rhys Mitchell)


6:30 with George Negus

Hugh Riminton

 

Emma Dallimore

 

Eddy Meyer

Emily Rice

Ross Scheepers – Producer

AFL

Before The Game

Dave Hughes

 

Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann

Mick Molloy – No Known Account

Samantha Lane

 

Andrew Maher – No Known Account

Bondi Rescue

Lifeguards

 

Bruce “Hoppo” Hopkins

 

Ryan “Whippet” Clark

 

Andrew “Reidy” Reid

Trent “Maxi” Maxwell

Rod “Kerrbox” Kerr

Adriel “Bacon” Young

 

Anthony “Harries” Carroll

Dean “Deano” Gladstone

Ben “Benny” Sutherland

Troy “Gonzo” Quinlan

Terry “Tezz” McDermott

Daniel “Beardy” McLaughlin

Jake Nolan

 

Corey Oliver

Bondi Vet

Dr Chris Brown

Can of Worms

Official Show Account

Meshel Laurie

Dan Ilic

Ian “Dicko” Dickson – No Known Account

 

Everyday Gourmet 

Official Show Account

Justine Schofield

Huey’s Kitchen

Junior MasterChef

Anna Gare

MasterChef Australia

Offical Show Account

Gary Mehigan

Matt Preston

George Calombaris

Matt Moran

Donna Hay

 

 

 

 

Luke Mangan

 

Adriano Zumbo

Previous Contestants

Series 1

Brent Parker Jones

Kate Rodrigues

Series 2

Adam Liaw

Marion Grasby

 

Alvin Quah

Callum Hann

Jimmy Seervai

Meet The Press

News

Offspring

Ready Steady Cook

Recruits

Rush

Sports Tonight

Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation

Shaun Micallef – No Known Account

Amanda Keller

Charlie Pickering

Josh Thomas

The Biggest Loser

Michelle Bridges

The Circle

The Renovators

Official Show Account

7pm Project

Official Account

Dave Hughes – Co-host

Emily Rusciano – Occasional reporter

Ten News

Sydney Official Account

Sandra Sully – Ten Evening News host (Sydney)

Angela Bishop

Sky

Sky News

Sky News Agenda

David Speers – Political Editor