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The Top 10 Reality TV Villains Of 2011

Every reality TV show needs a villain to create controversy and get the viewers talking, and 2011 gave us some crackers. In fact the field was so strong for the Top 10 that Australia’s Next Top Model villain Simone Holtznagel, Sun from Masterchef Australia, and Celebrity Apprentice’s Max Markson just missed the cut.

Tell me what you think of the list, and who you think should have been included in it. Please note it is an Australian only list.

1. Deni Hines – Celebrity Apprentice

Deni the diva was THE villain of Celebrity Apprentice Australia. From her caustic put downs of Polly ‘Poppy’ Porter, to refusing to write and sing a jingle in the KFC challenge. She gave such good reality TV she was brought back to assist in the final episodes to whip up more drama and controversy.   She continued to talk down to Jesinta Campbell, was precious about her singing as she is an “artist” and to cap it off grabbed the microphone from Shane Crawford to talk to the crowd in the final challenge. She was reality TV gold.

2. Chris Pselletes – The Amazing Race Australia

Dating couple Chris and Anastasia fought throughout The Amazing Race Australia, though sometimes it was just Chris screaming at her. He appeared to have a hair trigger temper and she would be at time in tears. The episode where they had to transfer wine from vats into barrels was particularly memorable. It was not surprising to hear the couple broke up shortly after show was aired.

Here are some of Chris’s classic lines:

“If you cannot have the womaness or the kindness for not realising where you went wrong and say look babe sorry for not listening then I don’t know.”

“The reason the tap didn’t work is because it was bad karma by you.” [Chris]

“Daddy never spanked you when he should have” [Chris]

“You should have say ‘sorry for pushing you over the edge’ and I am going to say ‘I am sorry for screaming’ that is the order.” [Chris]

3. Matt Beyer – Masterchef Australia

Matt Beyer who was portrayed as sullen and grungy in Masterchef Australia was  confirmed as the series bad boy  when he was caught with a phone in the house. This contravened the rules of limited contact with family and friends. Also there was concern because it was a smart phone he may have been able to access the internet which may have given him an advantage over the other contestants. He denied that he used the phone to cheat, however he was kicked off the show.

4. Josh and Jenna – The Block

This couple polarised fans of The Block, with a lot of viewers loving their design style but not liking the way the couple interacted. Both were feisty, however Josh tended to yell, whilst Jenna sulked. It culminated in one memorable scene in Mitre Ten when they were deciding what plants to buy for their back yard. They also attracted criticism for not hanging out with the other three teams. It was predicted this relationship would not last, however Josh proposed on TV the night of the auction and Jenna tearfully accepted.

5. Joe Challenor – The Biggest Loser

Joe had a cut throat approach to The Biggest Loser, and was prepared to do over his family to get further in the game. He nominated his nephew Nathaniel for elimination even though he would have benefited being on the show longer, however the most treacherous act was when he won two extra kilos before a weigh-in, and he had to give one away, instead of giving it to his brother Damien he gave it to a person from a different team. This ensured his brother was up for elimination.

6. Mel from My Kitchen Rules

Melanie attracted the vitriol of fans with the patronising way she spoke to her husband James. She turned the use of the word babe from a term of endearment to a condescending and patronising put down. James normally responded to Mel with a peck on the cheek. Her control freak ways also continued in the challenges where she bossed him around and talked down to him. They were eliminated before we saw James grow a backbone.  Unfortunately some fans forgot this was just a reality TV show and sent the pair death threats.

7. Richard and Joey – The Amazing Race

This intense pair whose motto was ‘focus, believe, achieve’ went on the race to win. In one leg the pair were helped by Mel with a puzzle challenge and they agreed to give them a two minute start to the pitstop, however after only waiting 30 seconds, that is the length it took to read the clue, they set off and beat Mel and Alana to mat who were very nearly eliminated. However the teams got revenge in a following episode when the pair were bogged in the 4WD and none and the other teams drove past them. Karma is really a bitch.

8. August – The Renovators

August emerged as The Renovators series villain towards the end of the show. He relied on the skills of his female team mates to do most of the grunt work in the Marrickville shop they were renovating. In fact Christie even had to fix the toilet roll holder for him.  He also was quick to kick Natalia off the team as he saw her as a threat. However after she was gone he struggled to finish the kitchen and accused her of taking the instructions, however later in the episode he was holding them in his hand. He also went AWOL a few times to get coffee while his female harem were working away. As Christie once sighed “I have to put up with August”, and no wonder she was peeved as one challenge where she had done most of the work, he exclaimed “We make a great team”.

9. Mitchell Calloway – The X Factor

The bad boy with the tattoos and the dodgy past was called out for having an attitude problem by Guy Sebastian. The X Factor judge told him “You’ve got to have the right attitude to this competition, you’ve got to be focused and to be honest, not be rude to people and have the work ethic,” and “For you to not learn your lyrics and for you to at times be rude to crew, you really have to pull that in and rein that in because you won’t last long in this competition or this industry if you do that.”

There were also rumours online that he bullied fellow contestant Declan Sykes. After a pre-performance montage where he was shown moaning about song choice and not being 100% co-operative with the choreographers he was voted off.

10. Dani Venn – Masterchef Australia

Dani was a villain by default. She received a lot of screen time because she showed more personality them most of the other season three contestants. She laughed a lot and also was willing to give strong opinions about the other contestants. However she also showed some dodgy cooking moments. This resulted in conspiracy theories that producers wanted her to get as far in the competition as possible when she won two immunity pins. The one against Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan towards the end of the series was particularly controversial.


1 Nicole { 12.27.11 at 7:18 pm }

Excellent list! However, Sun is not a villian, just unlikable.

2 Lebay { 12.27.11 at 7:42 pm }

I had forgotton about Mel from MKR!! Josh and Jenna still have a long long way to go before they can say their relationship has lasted… There was a shitload of pressure on him to pop the question (somewhat like the pressure on Brenton in the season before), also who paid for the ring??? Pressure! And her reaction! Oh its TYPHANNNE! Oh I so wanted to throw blunt objects at that horrid person…

3 Shengo3Wishez { 12.27.11 at 8:20 pm }

Accurate RR!Agreed with your number 1. Deni deserves the crown reality tv villain.
Chris too deserves his position as runner up.

However, I find that you’ve under evaluated August. I found him really selfish and bossy. I’m pretty sure Natalia would never forgive him for kicking her from the shop. He should be number 3.
4. What about judges? 😛 Mel B should be on this list. Although most of her comments were truthful, tbh some of the stuff she said was unnecessary.
5. Joe Challenor and Nathaniel Challenor. Hes 18 and he acts like a 5 year old. Not sure if hes “villain” material but he kept on pushing the blame to his older family members and crossed the floor to be with the black team.
6. Josh and Jenna
7. Richard and Joey
8. Matt Beyer
9.Mitchell Callaway
10. Dani Venn

4 Jen { 12.27.11 at 8:44 pm }

That’s a great list. It also reminds me HOW MUCH tv I watch! Haha I had completely forgotten about Mel, and Joe, however I really don’t think Dani should be on this list at all. Yes she was annoying and probably because she had so much screentime, but I agree with Nicole re Sun and I think it applies to Dani too.
But great list anyhow. I’m looking forward to the rest of the end of year tv moments you’ll likely blog about.

5 Calliegirl { 12.27.11 at 9:09 pm }

What about Coach from the current Survivor – very big manipulator?

6 Georgie { 12.27.11 at 9:39 pm }

Deni deserves the crown for 2011 reality villain.

Calliegirl agree Coach should be high on the list.

Kelly – a total arsehole, would be my top of the list for Renovators. Just because he got booted early shouldn’t let him off.

Mel deserves her place at the top of the list for MKR.

Sorry, I don’t think Masterchef really had a villain in 2011 – just annoying contestants.

Can’t comment on the rest cause I didn’t watch them.

If there are any typo’s above it’s because I’ve had a few too many and haven’t got my glasses on.

7 some random { 12.27.11 at 9:49 pm }

You should do a top ten most liked reality tv stars of 2011 as well…please?

8 Nicole { 12.27.11 at 11:20 pm }

Re coach – RR said it was an Aussie list (see above)

9 KatInEurope { 12.27.11 at 11:52 pm }

If you’re doing Best, Matt the farmer from TARA. Oh yes.

10 Dazza { 12.28.11 at 8:38 am }

Saw the new My Kitchen Rules ad last night. 2012 winner already declared. The SA ladies

11 Leop { 12.28.11 at 11:29 am }

Didnt think Matt was a villain, Dani was most annoying MC as was August TR and nasty Mel MKR ;

yes Denni CA takes the cake for most horribilest person in Australia followed by Max as irritating

and agree Joe BL was nasty nasty but came good thru out the show

Happy New Year guys on Forum and RR – be safe

12 Trent { 12.28.11 at 11:58 am }

Deni from CA was definately the worst! The apple does not fall far from the tree.

Agree about Joe from TBL

Also i actually really like Dani from MC i think her bubbly and fun personality came across as fake although i thought she was great!

13 Craig { 12.28.11 at 2:00 pm }

You left out this classic by Chris (TAR) “Why do you argue with me all the time?” he yells. “Are you kidding? Wake up to yourself! Is this normal? You’re not thinking straight. You need discipline… you’ve never had any!” – Awesome TV!!

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15 Reality Raver { 12.28.11 at 9:18 pm }

Craig – Sorry I missed that corker of a Chris line.

Some Random – Good idea about the best liked will get onto it.

Georgie – Forgot about Kelly and he is a good suggestion, he was very intense.

16 sonia { 12.28.11 at 11:18 pm }

masterchef series 3 didn’t have anyone exciting enough in it to have a villain. Better pull their finger out for next year or this croqueofshit will be canned.

17 SaintsDeano { 12.28.11 at 11:31 pm }

Chris from the amazing race was No. 1 villain easy. What about Gordon Ramsey?