Yes, I’m one of those people – I spend my nights watching trashy, popular, Australian reality TV shows. Everyone looks down at me for this, but I just can’t stop watching! These shows are all Australian versions, but many have UK or US versions for anyone not from Australia. So here it is, a list of the TV shows I watch frequently:
1. Big Brother Australia (Channel 9, September – December)
Big Brother is my ultimate guilty pleasure. It is perhaps the most pointless, trashy TV show on all year yet is my favourite one to watch. 14 or so people locked in a luxury house with no contact with the outside world, who literally sit around and talk, swim and/or fight all day. What is so good about this show? I have no clue! It’s kinda interesting to see how relationships play out when people are filmed 24/7.
2. The X Factor Australia (Channel 7, July – October)
Known for producing often overproduced, tacky music, The X Factor Australia is a typical nationwide search for the next big “superstar”, with the winner receiving a contract with Sony Music Australia. I’m not sure how much international success X Factor winners/runners up have had, but they include Australian somewhat-successes Samantha Jade, Reece Mastin, The Collective, Dami Im, Taylor Henderson, Jai Waetford and, as of this week, Marlisa Punzalan. There are some real talented people that audition for this show, but there are equally as many contestants that are never heard of again after they are eliminated. Mum and I get really into this show so I have to keep updated even when I’m living at uni!
3. The Block (Channel 9, variable airing months)
The Block is a typical renovation show – an often inexperienced couple renovates an entire house (or apartment as recent series have been) and the end result gets auctioned off live, with all profits above reserve price becoming their winnings. The couples are usually so lovely, and grand final auctions are usually so unpredictable! The first series in 2014 earned $300 000+ EACH in profits, where three of the five couples in the latest series walked away with less than $30 000 for months of work. The rooms they create are so beautiful!
4. Beauty and the Geek Australia (Channel 7, October – December)
Plot line: 10 or so beautiful Australian women and 10 or so socially awkward, dorky men are paired up. The beauties try to raise the geek’s confidence, usually succeeding after a ‘makeover’ (which basically consists of shaving the guy’s giant beard off and the girls being surprised that they have a face under there), and the geeks try to raise the beauties’ incredibly low IQs. Those girls give me no faith in Australia’s future (“People say I speak jibberish, but I’ve never even been to that country”, REALLY?), and it amazes me how incredibly shy 20-something men can be, but the best thing about this show is their transformations and possible romances at the end of it.
5. Australia’s Got Talent (Channel 9, August – November) [Axed in 2014]
I’m a sucker for talent shows, what can I say? AGT was, in my opinion, better than the other singing talent shows as it was so much more diverse – you’d see dancing, comedy, anything you can think of – a guy made the grand final by playing gum leaves as an instrument once! Unfortunately, 2013’s season bombed in the ratings and did not return in 2014. A return is near-impossible considering it was already axed from Channel 7 a few years back 😦
6. House Rules (Channel 7, May – July)
Another renovation show, this time the home of each couple is renovated by the other contestants each week, so no matter who wins, everyone gets a brand new renovated home. The winners of the series get their entire mortgage paid off! In this show, basically everyone is inexperienced yet somehow manage to create beautiful rooms. So many lovely couples in need of a debt-free life, ranging from young couples needing the spare money to start a family, to older couples with run-down, dodgy houses that somehow house 5 or more children who just need a renovation!
7. My Kitchen Rules (Channel 7, January – April)
I’ve never been one for cooking shows, and I don’t actually know how to explain why I watch this show, but it’s just something I watch for literally no reason. It may be the fact that it’s the first show of the year to start after what is normally a two-month gap from ANY decent television.
8. The Voice Australia (Channel 9, May – July)
Yet another singing talent show, but one that fills the void when X Factor isn’t airing. I like the format of The Voice much more and usually even more amazing talent comes out of this show but many are never heard of again due to the lesser popularity of The Voice when compared to The X Factor.
As it’s nearing the end of October, all my favourite shows are coming to an end (no!) before a longggg wait until any decent TV starts again. What can I do to fill the void?! Maybe I should keep watching Doctor Who, I haven’t watched any episodes in over a month…