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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.


1 Golo i Wesolo { 02.03.13 at 2:06 pm }

Stating the obvious, really. That’s the main reason I’ve never bothered to commit myself to shows like Talent, Idol, X Factor, etc. The sheer number of sensationalised (and now, apparently, fake) childhood back stories just killed them for me.

Also, this is a better question to ask: “Can anyone think of a back story of a reality show contestant that ended up being true?”

Good luck with that.

2 gidgetvonlarue { 02.03.13 at 7:16 pm }

I didn’t like him the minute he dragged his cute little child out and used her (and it was using her) to get sympathy and ‘awes’ from the judges – and now turns out he’s just a huge arsehole.

3 Georgie { 02.03.13 at 7:29 pm }

Lol gidget- he probably borrowed the child too!

4 smauge { 02.03.13 at 8:13 pm }

Jeez, could he get any lower? I fell for it. So I guess the kid was not quite the miracle he made her out to be?
He was a good singer, so it’s a shame he stuffed it all up with a lie.

5 Blake { 02.10.13 at 10:29 pm }

Um, well to be fair to Samantha Jade, she did say that her father “got her a job” at HIS factory, so she didn’t exactly lie a d she was completely upfront about her musical past, obviously they did t show every single thing she had done before X Factor but I don’t know how you can say her story was “fake”.
It certainly doesn’t compare to this story from American Idol.

6 31 Lamest Reality TV Back Stories | Boxcutters { 04.16.13 at 12:42 pm }

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