Reality shows have become the talk of the town. Moving away from cliched daily soaps, they have become a wonderful alternative for TV viewers.
They have crossed over to reach the global populace ignoring boundaries of every country.
This blog entry is dedicated to Reality Shows (only the competition based ones for now).

  1. American Idol :
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    1st Season : 2002 (USA).
    Latest Season : 2009 (USA).
    Description :
    • It is a reality competition to find new solo musical talent, created by Simon Fuller.
    • It is a spinoff from the reality program Pop Idol, which first aired in 2001 in the United Kingdom.
    • The program seeks to discover the best singer in the country through a series of nation-wide auditions.
  3. Big Brother :
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    1st Season : 1999 (The Netherlands).
    Latest Season : 2009 (India,Israel).
    Description :
    • It is a reality television show in which a group of people live together in a large house, isolated from the outside world but continuously watched by television cameras.
    • Each series lasts for around three months, and there are usually fewer than 15 participants.
    • The housemates try to win a cash prize by avoiding periodic evictions from the house.
    • It has been a prime-time hit in almost 70 countries.
  5. Dancing With The Stars :
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    1st Season : 2004 (Australia,Italy).
    Latest Season : 2009 (USA).
    Description :
    • The show pairs a number of celebrities with professional ballroom dancers, who each week compete by performing dances.
    • These are then given scores by a panel of judges.
    • Viewers are given a certain amount of time to place votes on their favorite dancers.
    • The couple with the lowest combined score (judges plus viewers) is eliminated, and continue in the next week. This process continues until there are only two or three couples left, at which point one couple is declared the champion.
  7. Deal or No Deal :
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    1st Season : 2000 (The Netherlands).
    Latest Season : 2009 (Many countries).
    Description :
    • It is played with up to 26 cases (or in some versions, boxes) with certain sums of money. The Player chooses a case or a box to knock an amount of money off the board.
    • Throughout the game, after a predetermined number of cases have been opened, the banker offers the contestant an amount of money and/or prizes to quit the game, the offer based roughly on the amounts remaining in play and the contestant’s demeanor.
    • The player then answers the titular question, choosing:
      * “Deal”, accepting the offer presented and ending the game, or
      * “No Deal”, rejecting the offer and continuing the game.
  9. I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! :
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    1st Season : 2002 (U.K).
    Latest Season : 2009 (India).
    Description :
    • Celebrities live together in an jungle environment with few luxuries, competing to win a cash prize for charity.
    • In return for their appearance, celebrities nominate a charity to which the show makes donations.
    • The celebrities are paid a fee (reported to be £25,000 for UK competitors) to compensate for loss of earnings.
    • The money is raised by allowing viewers to vote, by phone, text message or TV interactive service, for the celebrity to complete a “Bushtucker Trial” – a physical task usually involving snakes, spiders or other animals – and, later each series, for the celebrity they would like to see win.
    • The last celebrity, after others have been evicted, is the winner and named King or Queen of the jungle.
  11. Survivor :
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    1st Season : 1997 (Sweden).
    Latest Season : 2009 (USA).
    Description :
    • The show is credited for making Reality television a popular T.V. genre.
    • In the show, contestants are isolated in the wilderness and compete for cash and other prizes.
    • The show uses a system of progressive elimination, allowing the contestants to vote off other tribe members until only one final contestant remains and wins the title of “Sole Survivor”.
  13. The Apprentice :
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    1st Season : 2004 (USA).
    Latest Season : 2009 (USA).
    Description :
    • As originally conceived, the show depicted 16 contestants from around the country with various backgrounds competing in an elimination-style competition to become an apprentice to Donald Trump.
    • The premise of the show is to conduct a job talent search for a person to head one of Trump’s companies for a whole year.
    • The show led Trump to become known for his fateful catch phrase “You’re Fired!”.
  15. The Biggest Loser :
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    1st Season : 2005 (USA).
    Latest Season : 2009 (India).
    Description :
    • It centers around overweight contestants attempting to lose weight to fight for a cash prize.
    • The basic premise of the show is that obese people become contestants who are competing to win $250,000 (originally $100,000) by losing the highest percentage (originally the highest amount) of weight.
  17. The Price Is Right :
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    1st Season : 1972 (USA).
    Latest Season : 2009 (USA,Brazil).
    Description :
    • It is believed to be the second longest-running game show on television, trailing only the Spanish-language variety show Sábado Gigante.
    • 4 contestants place one bid on an initial product; the player who bids closest to the product’s actual retail price without going over then gets to play one of several mini-games (dubbed Pricing Games in most countries) for an additional and more substantial prize or prizes.
    • One contestant, through various elimination formats, could find themselves winning a large showcase of prizes at the show’s conclusion by predicting the total price of a “showcase”.
  19. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? :
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    1st Season : 1998 (U.K).
    Latest Season : 2009 (Denmark).
    Description :
    • It is the most internationally popular television franchise of all time, having aired in more than 100 countries worldwide.
    • Television quiz show which offers very large cash prizes for correctly answering 15 (some versions, 12) consecutive multiple-choice questions of increasing difficulty.
    • Most international versions offer a top prize of one million units of the local currency.
    • Once in the hot seat, a contestant is asked increasingly difficult general knowledge questions by the host. Questions are multiple choice: four possible answers are given (labelled A, B, C and D), and the contestant must choose the correct one
    • If at any point the contestant is unsure of the answer to a question, he or she can use one or more “lifelines” (50:50,Ask the Audience,Phone-A-Friend being the original lifelines)

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2 thoughts on “World Famous Reality Shows

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    1. I dont follow the usual way of blogging….my way is more like answering questions which pester me (& others too i hope) :P.
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