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Sunday, September 9, 2012

A new low for reality TV

I am on record as one who never watches reality TV...willingly. Because I am married, there are times when I encounter it anyway. I am in the room, or lying in bed, and it is on. So, I am exposed to it. That being the case, in spite of my natural inclination, I watch and I listen. Last Tuesday night was one of those times.
Again, I am on the record as stating that The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are two of the dumbest, contrived and non real shows I have ever seen. On concept alone, they are ridiculous. Twenty five girls (or guys) all vying for one man at one time, going on dates with him, all the while knowing the other 24 are doing the same, and in many (most) cases they are making out (or more). On top of that, all the women live together and know exactly what is going on when they are away from the guy. In the real world, that could never ever happen. It is so far from reality that I can't conceive of something that is more unrealistic.
In spite of that, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are two of the most successful shows on TV. Women eat this show up and can't get enough of it.
Now, since they are both wildly successful, TV execs being what TV execs are, they find new ways to create more spins on the same, lame, tired concept. So, we get The Bachelor Pad. 


Below is a brief edited version from Wikipedia.

Bachelor Pad is an elimination-style two-hour American reality television game show that debuted on August 9, 2010 on ABC. The show features contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, who compete for a final cash prize of $250,000.

The show stars eleven women and eight men eliminated from various seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette who compete for a $250,000 prize. ...The show may also represent "a second chance at finding love" for those rejected by previous Bachelors and Bachelorettes. The contestants live together in a mansion and take part in challenges to prevent elimination, go on dates with contestants of their choice, and choose other contestants to eliminate.

At the beginning of the season, each contestant privately votes for a person of the opposite sex to be eliminated. Each week, the person with the highest vote count from each sex is eliminated, while a competition winner casts the deciding vote publicly in the event of a tie. In order to advance to the final eight, the sex with the least number of remaining contestants selects partners for competing as couples. ...Previous Bachelors and Bachelorettes serve as the judges, with the winning couple deciding the couple it will advance to the final vote. The final vote is left to the eliminated contestants who weigh the most deserving couple to be awarded the $250,000 prize. 

Now, as I said, I have never watched this show, but I am aware of it. The episode I viewed last week contained the final 3 couples, of which one had to be eliminated to get down to two. The contest this time was to sing, on stage, the song Sister Christian by Night Ranger. The judges were to be the actual band, Night Ranger, and they were to pick the best of the 3 couples, and then that couple had to choose which of the other two couples to eliminate.
Seems straightforward enough. Just one problem:
None of the 3 couples could even remotely sing a note. Even by lame karoake standards, they were horrific. 
To bridge this obvious gap, the show hired 3 separate voice coaches to try and help them, but it was obvious there was no helping them. 

 You can't teach a dog to meow.

In that vein, you can't teach someone who has no singing voice or tone to sing. It won't work, and it didn't. All 3 were horrific and that was painfully obvious when they hit the stage, which was a large arena with thousands of fans, all of which could tell how bad they were.

William hung was funny because he was foolish and funny to laugh at. And that wasn't expected or concocted. He just came out of nowhere and he was funny because it was real, albeit awful.
Bachelor Pad contestants weren't. They are just fools acting like fools to make money. There isn't anything funny about that. Or Real.

There is a video within the link above. Viewer discretion advised. It is that bad.

There was no entertainment value in watching 3 absolutely terrible singing couples butcher a classic song, that even the best of singers would have trouble with.
To think that this passes as entertainment is really a new low for TV and reality TV, which has gone past the point where there is any hope that it can provide real entertainment. It is basically night time soap opera without real paid actors. Sad that it has come to this, but it has. It is really an extension of the MTV generation as it has moved forward.
Or, more accurately, backward.

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