Category Archives: Reality
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.
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.
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?
I am about to undertake the massive task of compiling a list of Australian Twits.
The list is, and will probably remain, incomplete.
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
Kerrin Binnie – Journalist
Alan Sunderland – “Head of Policy & Staff Development,ABC News Australia”
Antony Green – Political analyst
Kieran Ricketts – ABC News24 Producer
Zoe Daniel – South East Asia Correspondent
Matt Wordsworth – Political Reporter (NSW)
Nick Grimm – Journalist
Leigh Sales – Co-host of the newly revamped 7:30
Chris Uhlmann – Co-host of the newly revamped 7:30
Justin Stevens – Producer
Review with Myles Barlow
Fenella Kernebone – Host
Can We Help
First Tuesday Book Club
Dan Ilic – Co-host
Kirsten Drysdale – Co-host and reporter
Marc Fennell – Co-host
Elmo Keep – Writer
Chris Leben (Not a cast member for season 3)
Marieke Hardy – Writer
Karen Barlow – Producer
Steven Bajo O’Donnell – Presenter and producer
Stephanie Bendixsen – Presenter
Spicks and Specks
Myf Warhurst – Panellist
Alan Brough – No known account
Adam Hills – Host
Adam Hills in Gordon Street Tonight
Q and A
Peter McEvoy – Executive Producer
John Safran’s Race Relations
Triple J TV
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
Annabel Crabb – Occasional guest
Steve Cannane – Host
Annabel Crabb – Occasional guest
Jonathon Holmes – Host
The Urban Monkey with Murray Foote
Sam Simmons – Comedian
Lawrence Leung’s Choose Your Own Adventure
The Gruen Transfer
Wil Anderson – Host
The New Inventors
ABC News Breakfast
Virginia Trioli – Co-host
AFL Game Day
Australia’s Got Talent
Kyle Sandilands – No Known Account
Better Homes and Gardens
Johanna Griggs – No Known Account
Jason Hodges – No Known Account
Rob Palmer – No Known Account
Tara Dennis – No Known Account
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
Andrew O’Keefe – No Known Account
The Morning Show
The Amazing Race Australia
The X Factor Australia
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
Ross Scheepers – Producer
Before The Game
Mick Molloy – No Known Account
Andrew Maher – No Known Account
Can of Worms
Ian “Dicko” Dickson – No Known Account
Meet The Press
Ready Steady Cook
Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation
Shaun Micallef – No Known Account
The Biggest Loser
Dave Hughes – Co-host
Emily Rusciano – Occasional reporter
Sandra Sully – Ten Evening News host (Sydney)
David Speers – Political Editor