The Contender – Still Wondering If You Can Make A Successful Reality TV Show Out Of Boxing
Boxing in a competative reality TV show? I have to be honest I did not start watching it tonight with much enthusiasm. My first thought was why I am I watching a show where the guys are really not very articulate, but then I realised I do watch Australia’s Next Top Model, and really the quality of conversation on that show is pretty abysmal.
But first I have to say that the interview that host Charlotte Dawson gave to the Sun-Herald magazine yesterday about what she knows about men, was honest, emotional, inciteful and reflective. Unfortunately I cannot find a link to it online. Publicists should take note, sometimes a celebrity talking to a journo without spin can do more for your clients profile and their opinion of them.
Also didn’t Johnny Lewis get shot by a rainbow up his proverbial to get on a reality TV show to supplement his retirement income? I am still not sure what his role is – maybe just to add some credibility.
Josh Clenshaw immediately marked himself as a grade A fuckwit when he said there was no girls in the loft to cook and clean for him. So I hope he is eliminated quickly. Later on in the show he said he had split from his wife last year. Not surprised at all.
I loved the way one of the guys said there shouldn’t be any racism in the house and they all agreed, but they called the Sonny, the African guy, Jungle boy. Apparently it is not racist as the Jungle part of the ‘nickname’ means he is dense and thick. Right, do you get it as I don’t.
The boxers were split into a blue and gold teams, these had been pre-determined and were not random.
Things did start to get interesting once the challenges began. The first was running through an obstacle course on sand, and Sunny looked particularly unfit. The top four then had another run to do in bushland. Then there was a mental part of remembering the numbers to open a lock to let off a balloon.
Charlotte kept on telling Ben he had the wrong numbers but he did not listen.
Garth Woods from the gold team won it, and he seems like a nice guy. He says he is in the show to get to a better place.
The first fight was between Josh and Israel, I could not work out how Israel was the one that was picked to box for the blue team.
I cannot make many comments about the fight but it did get more excting in the last round, and at least they edited all the boring bits out.
Israel lost the fight and Josh gets to live in the house another week. But Israel should take heart his kid was a cutie.
I am still not sure if I will stick out the whole series but will keep on watching for a few weeks.