American Idol Contestant Admits To Faking His Back Story
A good back story for a reality TV program can ensure you get a bit of an advantage but in this age of social media it is a good idea to make that story true.
Matt Farmer a contestant on this season of American Idol has found this out the hard way. He told the judges and producers he had received a brain injury after an IED explosion in Iraq. However soon after the episode aired people he served with in Iraq disputed this story. Eventually he admitted he had made it up. However he did make it to Hollywood week, but Reality Nation reported he does not make it much further, as most of the “talent” with the good back stories get flicked at that point.
Back stories are manipulated as we saw in The X Factor Australia last year. Two of the finalists had their stories massaged. The winner Samantha Jade had auditioned saying she had once had a music contract but now was working in a factory, it was in fact a factory her father owned. Also Jason Owens was spruiked as a guy who came from a town of fourteen but in fact he actually lived in Gilgandra! See previous blog post on this here.
Of course who could forget Johnny from Survivor who told the other contestants his grandmother was dying to get their sympathy, but to be fair to him he was using that as a strategy he wasn’t trying to dupe the viewer.
Can anyone else think of a back story of a reality show contestant that ended up being fake?
American Idol on Thursday and Friday nights on TEN at 7.30pm.