Singing competitions, “soulmate” searches, being deserted on an island, cooking competitions, following a family with no real “talent” or dancing with celebrities sounds like a “grab bag”, right?
They are all types of reality television, which could be considered a grab bag of entertainment.
Realty TV can be defined as, “television programs in which real people are continuously filmed, designed to be entertaining rather than informative.”
Realty TV is pretty popular. I’m not really sure why. I think that it’s a mixture of people wanting to see that their lives aren’t that bad and the producers of these shows are marketing and production geniuses, so much that you can’t look away.
I will be the first to admit that reality TV is a guilty pleasure of mine. Most shows that I watch are garbage, but you can’t stop watching because it’s so bad. I think there are many realty shows that are just down right awful to watch.
Then there are those shows that are so bad that you just can’t look away. My sister is a big fan of the Bachelor and Bachelorette which are dating shows on ABC that end up with the featured bachelor or bachelorette getting engaged at the end of the season.
There is a ton of drama involved and this season’s bachelorette is actually from Minnesota, which is kind of neat.
This summer, after Bachelorette, ABC has been airing another “finding love” show called, The Proposal, which was the brain child of the Bachelor producers.
The show can be defined as a terrible speed dating/pageant hybrid and ends with a marriage proposal. I describe the show as, “flaming hot garbage”, and I think it’s fairly accurate.
The show starts out introducing the audience to a man or woman that is looking for love, I think in all the wrong places.
The audience isn’t allowed to see the person as they hide their face then they hide them behind a sparkly “pod”, which is just a fancy curtain.
Then, we meet the 10 contestants vying for the suitor’s love as they descend down a long, spiral staircase.
The introductions are very, very cheesy and include phrases like, “long walks on the beach.”
Just to be clear, the contestants have no idea what the person looks like, and they really don’t know much of anything about him or her until the final segment of the show.
The suitor then narrows it down to seven contestants and those seven people then get the chance to parade around in “their finest beachwear.”
They then get the chance to tell the suitor in the pod why on Earth they are there. After that round, the suitor picks the top four to advance to the next round.
The suitor then asks each of the four contestants a “deal breaker” question, usually about their pasts and viewpoints. Then, the suitor keeps the top three and those three lucky people then meet a family member of the suitor.
It’s ranged from a friend to a parent to a child of the suitor and they drill them with questions. Then, there are two left and the pod is lifted and the mystery suitor is revealed.
They meet face to face, then a woman suitor receives two proposals while a male suitor proposes to one of the two.
The best part about the actual proposal is that the live audience members yell their choice to the suitor ... and so does my dad. I watch this show with my family and my dad is the best person to watch this with.
He thinks all the people are crazy, but like everyone else, he gets sucked in and picks a favorite to “win” the proposal.
There is no chance these couples make it right? Well, after the episodes are aired, the couple’s current status is revealed.
None of the couples have gotten married yet, but over half of them date and are still together.
The ones that definitely did not fit during the show, all “split amicably.”
This show is so bad, but when ABC proposes it, I have to watch it.