Reality TV’s Most Memorable Of 2011
Simon Cowell Returns To US TV
After his shock departure from ‘American Idol’ in 2010, music industry luminary Simon Cowell returned to US screens in September of this year as a judge on his own, Syco Productions-created ‘X Factor’ franchise. Leaving the number-one-rating talent show to spearhead a direct rival was a risky move for the tough-talking Brit, and thus far it’s not apparent whether or not it was the right one.
Vidgen’s Got Talent
When Jack Vidgen first auditioned on ‘Australia’s Got Talent’, judge Kyle Sandilands asserted that he was either going to be “amazing or dreaful”. He was the former, and his unique voice and peculiar look shot him to international stardom.
Jersey Shore Does Italy
Love it or hate it, (and most people choose the latter), ‘Jersey Shore’ is one of the most talked about shows on television. And in its fourth season, Snooki, The Situation and co journeyed to Italy for more alcohol-induced hijinks. As if the USA’s international reputation hadnt been tarnished enough!?
“Fairytale” Kardashian Wedding
No recap of 2011’s reality TV goings-on would be complete without mention of Kim Kardashian’s wedding. Her nuptials were broadcast as a two part special ‘Kim’s Fairytale Wedding’, which was a bona fide ratings hit, prompting calls that the wedding was staged as a money-making exercise. But these claims haven’t been verified, I mean, it’s not like they filed for divorce 72 days later, right?
Everybody Wins The Glee Project!
Hit reality show ‘The Glee Project’ in which contestants vie for a seven episode arc on Fox’s smash hit show ‘Glee’ debuted this year to rave reviews. The finale was contested by the phenomenally talented Damian McGinty (pictured), Samuel Larsen, Lindsay Pearce and Alex Newell, and when the judges simply couldn’t choose a winner, all four hopefuls were given a part on the show.
Reece Mastin Wins The X Factor Australia
The finale of Australia’s most popular reality show was contested by 17 year old Reece Mastin, concrete Johnny Ruffo and the 40 year old Andrew Wishart. In a momentous finale, Reece took out the crown, winning the public vote by less than 1%.
And not the rock n’ roll kind… 2011 marked the true arrival of trashy British reality TV, as a reaction to the success of ‘Jersey Shore’. Following the arrival of ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ in 2010, 2011 saw the Newcastle-based ‘Geordie Shore’ and the Liverpudlian ‘Desperate Scousewives’ both debut, with another such series, ‘Mersey Shore’, also commissioned. Heaven help us.
Sarah And Lachlan Win ‘Beauty And The Geek Australia’
Its the ultimate in reality TV juxtapositions, and the third season of one of Australia’s most popular shows didnt disappoint. There were hookups, tears, Geeks in G-strings and even an inter-beauty engagement, but the most memorable event was surely our winners, the lovely Sarah and Lachlan, who took out the series in a tense finale.
Ton Of Cash Evictee Channels Sly Stallone
In one of the most bizarre reality exits in TV history, Jonny Sarhanis who calls himself “The Greek Mystique” delivered the famous speech from Sylvester Stallone’s iconic ‘Rocky Balboa’ film upon eviction from the show ‘Ton Of Cash’. He then proceeded to beat his chest like a gorilla, because, why not? To watch the clip, head here.
2011 was the year when the Sydney siblings Sammy and Bella took out the ‘My Kitchen Rules’ crown, narrowly beating out Melbourne team Kane Lillywhite and Lee Chan in a tense finale. Bon appetit!
It’s Back (For Better Or Worse…)
In a shock move, Channel 9 this year announced that they were bringing back the one and only ‘Big Brother’. The show was cancelled by Network 10 in 2008 due to declining ratings, but 9 are hoping that in this ever-so-social age that we live in, the show can reign supreme once again. We’ll see.