Wednesday, May 28, 2008


I'm not a huge fan of reality TV. The only reality show I've ever watched for more than one episode was The Apprentice, and that was many seasons ago.

Anyway, today I watched an hour of So You Think You Can Dance?

My first issue with it is totally my problem - I tend to do other things while watching TV, which is not a good idea when you are watching a show about dancing - it's kind of visual.

The second problem is the show's problem (and it's one it shares with American Idol). If you have an open call for a reality show, you're going to get:
- people who have talent,
- people who figure "why not, I don't know what I'm doing with my life",
- people who just want to be famous, and
- people who really believe they have talent (even though they don't).

For some reason, the judges feel the need to tell the people in the fourth category that they are delusional, they have no talent, and that they're wasting the judges' very important time. It seems unnecessarily cruel to humiliate them on TV. (Don't get me wrong, I think that it is sometimes appropriate to tell people that you don't think they have a chance at making a career out of something like dancing, but there's a time and a way to do that respectfully.)

Of course, by this time if you sign up for reality TV, you pretty much should expect to be insulted and editted negatively & be prepared to deal with it. But still.

OK, my tirade is done now.

1 comment:

  1. The day I watched The Hills will forever live in infamy. Gah - the horror, the horror. I don't watch any reality TV anymore...well except for the really horrible/shameful stuff like that Girlicious show and also any installment of Flavor of Love.

    I admit though - I guess I am cruel as I think most reality TV show contestants *need* a dose of cruel honesty.