Reality Raver’s 2009 Reality TV Awards
Another year has past since Reality TV 2008 The Year In Review and it is time for 2009 awards to be announced.
For the record they are completely biased and arbitery, therefore dissent and objections are allowed and is in fact encouraged.
Best Australian Reality TV Show
Masterchef Australia – because really can four million Australian’s be wrong? This show was the Susan Boyle of Reality TV shows, a juggernaut that every TV station wanted to replicate. Producers seemed to think that the secret to it’s success was there was no nastiness either from judges or contestant’s and tried to replicate the “masterchef nice” formula to other shows.
Personally I thought the fresh concept, varied and interesting challenges, the personalities of the judges, and the quality of the guest judges is what made the show successful.
So You Think You Can Dance Australia: If there had been no Masterchef Australia this show would have taken out the title. The flaws from season one had been ironed out, and the dancing and the choreography were on par with the mother ship (ie. the US series).
Honourable mention – The Apprentice: The Australian series rated poorly, however once the host, Mark Bouris, and his advisors got over their nerves, and some editing issues were ironed out, the show became very entertaining. However don’t expect to see it back on our screens next year.
Worst Australian Reality TV Program
Winner: The Phone- this mystery/The Amazing Race type reality show where two strangers supposedly find a phone and go running around the city looking for clues to find the pot of money at the end. Justin Melvey, the host, played his role like he was really angling for a part on a D grade Underbelly type show. In fact it was painful to watch.
Runner up: Australia’s Perfect Couple- The concept of couples having to do challenges to prove how compatible they were was a weak one. Channel Nine eventually cut it down to half hour episodes. Mega dud.
HomeMade – this interior design show had the bones to make a great reality TV show. An interesting host and judging panel, but it really needed to be more like Bravo TV’s Top Design, than Renovation Rescue.
Best International Reality TV Program:
The Winner: Any of the Survivor series that were shown this year. Survivor really came back to form with the crackerjack series of Gabon and Tocantins, which I unfortuately I did not get to see. However Samoa appears to have all the elements for a great series, the evil Russell, alliances, and some other kooky characters. And of course the man with the most famous dimples in show biz, Jeff Probst.
Runner-up: Top Chef – both New York and the Las Vegas season’s have been entertaining, and showed off some serious cooking talent. Hopefully one day soon a local version will be seen on on our screens.
Honourable Mentions – Tabatha’s Takeover Salon – Tabatha an Australian hairdresser was the host of this entertaining show. Her straightforward manner made entertaining viewing as she took over hair salons that were on going nowhere. She was as direct as Gordon Ramsay, but without being offensive.
The Real Housewives of New York City- This show continued to be entertaining, as the camera’s followed around six “socialites” around New York. Special mention must go to Kelly Bensimon who gives new meaning to the word deluded. Most of the show was about them fighting or bitching about the other Housewives which somehow made riveting viewing.
Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew - what I thought was going to be exploitative crap has turned into insightful and emotional TV viewing.
American Idol – Two words Adam Lambert who was runner-up of the show was a star just waiting to happen. The new judge Kara Dio Guardi slotted in quite well, and they had a bikini girl who could kind of sing, and a meltdown in progress Tatiana Del Toro who was entertaining to watch.
Worst International Reality TV Show
I know I should say Dance Your Ass Off but I thought the show (the one episode I saw) was entertaining. Tool Academy where tool boyfriends go to get reprogrammed is pretty bad probably not helped by one of the contestants humping a footpath. Also british TV show Vanity Lair which was a mixture of Big Brother, and pop psychology became tedious quickly because of the vacuousness of the contestants. Even UK’s It girl Alexa Chung could not save it.
Best Reality Australian TV Host
Sarah Murdoch host of Australia’s Next Top Model stepped into the role and was just about flawless in her first season. She was relaxed, able to adlib, and had a genuine warmth about her. Unfortunately for Jodhi Meares it really showed up how stiff she was in front of the camera.
Best International Reality TV Host:
Phil Keoghan from The Amazing Race, who this year really used the raising the one eyebrow trick as a comedic tool. Even though his job is not the most difficult he does do it with charm. A special shout out should go to Padma Lakshmi of Top Chef who is the best female host on TV at the moment. She is beautiful, witty, and intelligent.
Best Reality TV Sex Scandal:
Winner: Chris Badenoch from Masterchef Australia who kept the tabloid newspapers, magazines and this blog titillated for weeks with revelations of his love life. Once it was revealed that he was romancing fellow contestant Julia Jenkins, it emerged that he had at least two long term relationships on the go simultaneously, with rumoured other dalliances as well. He takes out the inaugural Tiger Wood’s trophy for reality TV’s villain of the year as well.
Runner Up: The lesbian sex scandal up in Lockwood Queensland, involving the likeable Australian Idol contestant Kate Cook. Kate dumped her eight year relationship to run off with her girlfriend’s sister.
TV Show Where All The Cast Are Shaggable
Winner: Top Chef – if you ever were stuck at a ’70’s key party this would be the crew you would want to be your fellow attendees. The host Padma Lakshmi is completely luscious, her co-host Tom Colluchio is smoking hot, add in Toby Young who is cute in a nerdy way, and the gorgeous Gail Simmons and you have oodles of sex appeal on screen.
Please note the same does not apply to spin-off Top Chef Masters, starring Kelly Choi, and Gael Greene.
Runner up – Masterchef Australia – this show proved that ageing men with guts can be sex symbols. In fact Matt Preston garnered a huge cult and may be solely responsible for a cravat revival in Australia.
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