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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

The Winner:

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.

Runner Up:

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.

Honourable Mention:

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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12 comments

1 par3182 { 12.16.09 at 11:57 pm }

Worst Australian Reality TV Program : Ten Years Younger In Ten Days

2 Reality Raver { 12.16.09 at 11:58 pm }

par3182 – oh yes I only watched one episode, the cast was painful and condescending to the contestants.

3 par3182 { 12.17.09 at 12:04 am }

I only watched one episode as well – that was more than enough; the concept was incredibly superficial and insulting.

Australian Reality TV Program With Second Season Potential: Beauty and the Geek – depending on casting

Most Annoying Reality Show Host/Judge: Bonnie Lythgoe – So You Think You Can Dance

Most Satisfying Reality Show Winner: Talia – So You Think You Can Dance

4 Wurstsemmel { 12.17.09 at 10:57 am }

Agree, Masterchef definitely the best. Had a lot of elements to like – I see Tetsuya is signing up for series 2.

The Apprentice improved towards the end but I’d be surprised if it makes air again. I think some of the challenges were a little lame compared to the US version, the casting was average – they needed someone who would really polarise people to get real interest – but Mark Bouris seemed to be finding his feet towards the end which is a shame.

Good to see Survivor back on form, just as TAR seems to be losing its a little, eyebrow or no eyebrow. Quite bored by the recent series of TAR even though it’s always been my favourite. Down to challenges (many seem really mundane) and casting – again, no couples to really polarise viewers like Boston Rob or Myrna and Charla.

Australia’s Best Couple – didn’t even make it past the opening credits. I thought Aussie Ladette to Lady was pretty lame too.

5 CG { 12.17.09 at 11:15 am }

Has CH9 confirmed The Apprentice won’t be back? Shame.

Matt Preston sexy. Hmmm. Cute, witty, well-travelled, sure. But not so sure about sexy, esp after he sold out to do “Handywipe” commercials.

I read MC season two is having some dramas trying to deal with the pressure of replicating season one and Gary Mehigen has a heart condition? http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/television/kitchen-show-masterchef-australia-in-boilover/story-e6frfmyi-1225811212401

No prize for Rachel Zoe?

6 Culinary Boner { 12.17.09 at 11:44 am }

Raver,
Have to disagree on the international awards. Survivor is just to old hat and hackneyed to be considered the best show from o/seas. This should go to Top Chef. Agree though with the honorably mention for Tabatha. Much better than Ramsay at assertively giving the lazy and dellusional salon owners some ‘tough love’ to the point where every second week either the owner or a staff member would be reduced to tears. The best episode was when the brassy, mutton spice hairdresser with the really rough Brooklyn accent blabbed hysterically that Tabatha was “…not human, she’s an aaaanimal”. Just about cacked myself. For shagging, give me Padma and Gail – preferably at the same time…and definitely without Tom.
Although I did sorta did develop a crush on Tabatha by the end of her series.

7 Reality Raver { 12.17.09 at 10:14 pm }

Par3182 – Goddamn I was going to put in a most annoying category but forgot, but I would have given it to Issak Mizhari and Kelly Rowland of The Fashion Show (on Arena).

Agree with you Talia comment.

Wurstsemmel – Ladette to Lady nearly got an honourable mention in the worst category, however the first season of the Australian season was OK (my opinion) so that just kept it out of there. At least I could sit through the episodes.

CG – I have not heard either way whether The Apprentice is going to be picked up again. I think the silence may mean they are considering it. Or maybe I am deluding myself. I saw that article and am about to blog on it. Thanks.

Culinary Boner – I think the best way to entice Tabatha would be to use Padma and Gail as your wingwomen.

8 Injera { 12.18.09 at 4:47 pm }

Most shaggable… do Manu and Matt (M, not P) count for Masterchef? Actually, I’d have a decent crack at Michel Roux Jr from Masterchef: The Professionals (but wouldn’t touch Gregg Wallace).

Definitely agree with Phil as host, and I’d also want to give Paula some votes for Par3182′s “Annoying” category.

9 Injera { 12.18.09 at 4:48 pm }

That’s Paula “we don’t want you any more because we now have Kara” Abdul, of course…

10 Masterchef Australia Romance Still On The Boil | reality ravings { 12.18.09 at 10:19 pm }

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11 bella vita { 12.21.09 at 12:47 am }

Loved Master and SYTYCD (except Nat), Tabetha, and Millionaire Matchmaker (does that count!), Scott Baio is 45 and single, and a few others.

Most annoying Host: Natalie Bassingthwaite
Worst Perv: Jason Coleman
Most deserving winner: Morello from Apprentice
The “I want to gain as much publicity for myself as possible” award: Carmen The Apprentice, Chris from Masterchef,
Sexiest Hosts: Sarah Murdoch, George from Masterchef,
The “Why bother having a host award”: Sarah Wilson, Natalie Grezlewski, who hosted Australia’s couples thing???

Looking forward to watching
What Katie did next
Master Chef
SYTYCD
Tori and Dean Home sweet Hollywood

12 Reality Raver { 12.21.09 at 11:10 pm }

Bella Vita – did you really think Jason Coleman is the biggest perve? You reckon he was perving boys and the girls?

I find Dicko the worst, when he makes comments about 18 years old.
Definitely like the most annoying host category.

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