Reality shows are usually competition-based television series with unscripted plot. It features mostly non-professional casting although in some cases, the presence of some well renowned faces in the entertainment industry might be common. Idol, X Factor, The Voice, Got Talent and Next Top Model are some of the most watched reality shows with numerous spin-off versions spawned across many countries.
Reality shows differ from scripted plots like movies and documentaries in such a way that the former serves the purpose of entertaining people and originating new successful faces in the performing arts industry while the latter may lay emphasis on educating and entertaining people. Most of the reality shows take over several weeks of auditioning and competing stages before the winner is annouced in the grand finale. This aspect of reality show is shared by almost all singing, dancing and modelling series and the casting (contestants) are usually eliminated on a weekly basis after which the remaning contestants continue to vie for the winning title. The principle photography and filming of the entire show is usually done first prior to airing it on TV but in some cases, live broadcasting is preferred by the producers.
If you are a reality show fan who loves to spend your evening watching some reality show and sipping some drink, perhaps this is the time you pick some good habit of learning a handful of worldly lessons from each episode.
1) Seeing is not always believing
In some reality shows like Next Top Model, some contestants usually do not have a good chemistry with one another not because they actually hate each other but because these catfights add to the dynamic nature of the show and makes it even more interesting. Although reality shows do not usually intend to set up a separate story to make it look more entertaining, the competition among the contestants alone seems so tedious that some unexpected minor twists might be deliberately crafted so that the individuality and identity of the cast (the contestants) become more emphasized.
This is a sample of a pretentious and misleading act that serves the purpose of exciting the public and rendering a story less static. It’s surprising to learn that it is common in real life situations. Every aspect of people portrayed on TV and media is not always a creditable inference. As a matter of fact, intentional plotting is a characteristic of attracting the audience or the customers through emotional appeal.
2) There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance
You’ll see a lot of ‘over-confident’ contestants on X Factor and Idol series coming up on stage and showcasing a really good audition but they happen to claim that their performance is too good that when the judges state otherwise, they tend to exhibit their hideous disrespect toward the panelists. In some serious cases, the contestants lose their temper and storm on stage, occasionally cussing at the judges, slamming the mic down and even insulting the audience. Then, their well-intended audition falls apart and turns into a nationwide embarrassment.
Confident people in life really do stand out and in many cases, outshine their rivals. But unfortunately, embodying an overload of confidence doesn’t always factor into your success. Instead, it becomes your downfall. Noting some solid differences between being confident and being self-overrated is truly important when you are attempting to impress someone for an important cause.
3) Passion alone doesn’t earn you the award
Some contestants on reality shows display a considerable extent of their passion to win the competition and get crowned as the victor but they do not usually last long on the show and some even get eliminated in the very early rounds of the competition. You may as well be aware of the fact that their passion to win is not sufficient for them to survive another stage of the competition. Reality shows are looking for ‘the last man standing’ who fits every winning criteria and exceeds the expectations of the general audience but not the individuals who claim that they are passionate and hence, deserve the championship.
Passion is a substantial asset in a fierce competition but it isn’t the only significant element in the runaway. Skill sets, knowledge and effort are all the equivalents that complement your passion and propel you throughout the race and earns you what you want. You, at some point in your life, must have been perplexed over the fact that your best shot didn’t hit your target. Then, maybe you should try again but this time, by acquiring some more demanded skills and exerting more effort rather than just keeping the passion burning.
4) Do not expect to be liked by everyone
While watching a reality show, you may notice that at some point, you start to unconsciously develop a bias toward a contestant because of their talent, personality, physical desirability or even coincidence. Whichever kind of favoritism you exhibit, you want to see your bias contestant outperform the others and take the awards home. While you are displaying such kind of particular cherish toward someone, your friend sitting right beside you watching the same show with you might love to see another contestant win. In this scenario, you and your friend favor different contestants and this doesn’t mean that these two contestants are any less likable than each other; it just happens that you and your friend have different opinions about who of these two is better.
More often than not, we desire the favor by a lot of people and usually cringe at the idea of being disliked. If this applies true for you, perhaps you should consider making a mindset readjustment about your expectations from other people. In any kind of industry, judgement and criticism are common. And most of the time, the fact that someone doesn’t like you doesn’t mean they hate you. It is better not to take certain things very personally and maybe try to accept the fact that people may have differing notions about you and this certainly shouldn’t determine who you are as a person.
5) The winning title doesn’t guarantee permanent success
Winning at a competition in a reality show can be a tremendous pride for the friends and family of the contestants and for themselves as well. But the bitter truth is that not all winning title holders are more successful than their runner-up or eliminated counterparts. When we look back at some previous seasons of prominent reality shows, the winners are not really doing well in the industry while those who did not make it to the finale are already getting big contracts, hitting top charts and enjoying the spotlight.
You are highly encouraged to keep in mind that every time you think you have overcome a challenge, there is an even more demanding challenge to be expected ahead. An achievement or a title is something to maintain and transcend beyond and not a permanent success to be satisfied with.
Reality shows are a dynamic entertainment that brings you to the end with a ton of suspense and satisfaction. But watching these reality shows are more than an entertaining pursuit; these shows reflect the nature of fierce competition and general characteristics of people in real life. If you are truly aware what are the takeaways from watching reality shows, then it’s worth your time in your evenings.