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17th Jul '17 1:07:39 AM gizmoman49
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** For such a big fan of the show, Ronnie of Season 11 didn't seem to show it...what with his constant flip-flopping during week one and making himself a massive target. Kevin seemed to know more about the game than Ronnie did.

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** For such In general, people tend to make ballsy moves or do stuff to put a big fan of target on their back...and are surprised when they're nominated for eviction. Or they are surprised that people who ''don't'' try to make ballsy moves (Especially for the show, Ronnie of Season 11 didn't seem first couple weeks) wind up going further.
*** Pretty much all you have
to show it...what with his constant flip-flopping during do in order to survive week one is not be stupid. Nobody knows each other yet, and making himself a massive target. Kevin seemed the Head of Household ''will'' look for any reason to know nominate someone. The logical thing to do is lay low and keep quiet for just one week. And yet year after year you have people who decide week 1, when nobody has any set-in-stone loyalties, is the perfect time to try and take control of the house and draw tons of attention to yourself. Every single year this person goes home, and yet ''people keep trying it''.
** Anybody who volunteers to go on the block is guilty of this. It doesn't matter if you have the votes. It doesn't matter if the HoH is your strongest ally in the house. It doesn't matter if it's part of a brilliant plan to get the biggest threat out of the house. Putting yourself in a situation where you are one of two people eligible to be evicted is ''never'' a smart idea. If anything, when people find out you asked to be nominated they'll want to evict you ''more''. There's a reason people always say "Pawns go home."
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more about recent years, there have been several events that have become OnceASeason, and yet people still don't prepare for them. Starting with Season 15, every season has had a competition where the game than Ronnie did.evicted houseguests are eligible to return to the house. Maybe you should try not to screw anyone over while evicting them until after this happens, so that you don't have someone returning to the house hell-bent on getting their revenge against you.



** A more generic example. People tend to make ballsy moves or do stuff to put a target on their back...and are surprised when they're nominated for eviction. Or they are surprised that people who ''don't'' try to make ballsy moves (Especially for the first couple weeks) wind up going further.



** Generally, volunteering to go on the block. It's normally pretty risky.



** Another example is the sewing challenges. The '''first and last challenge of every season''' involve creating a outfits from scratch using themed materials. This has been a ''Drag Race'' staple since day one. And yet, queens still complain because they don't know how to sew.

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** Another example is the sewing challenges. The '''first and last challenge of every season''' involve creating a outfits from scratch using themed materials. This has been a ''Drag Race'' staple since day one. And yet, queens still complain because they don't know how to sew. Even worse are the queens who will explain that they can't sew and expect sympathy from the judges when they are called out on their awful outfit. As Ross Matthews said, "You don't make your first dress when you're on Drag Race. You make your first dress when you find out you're going to be on Drag Race."
** After 9 seasons of critiques, Ru and the judges have made it clear what they are looking for in a winner. And yet season after season girls will go on the runway and stand in front of the judges and make the exact same mistakes, including:
*** Wearing skimpy or revealing clothing and expecting the judges to be impressed by their naturally-feminine physique. Especially now that "Stop relying on that body" is essentially a Michelle Visage soundbite.
*** Wearing what is essentially the exact same outfit week after week without changing up their style at all. Every season a queen will be asked to show the judges versatility (though Season 6 winner Bianca was infamously able to get away with wearing a boatneck gown every week).
*** Playing up a "character" while in drag or trying to distance their drag persona from their real selves. The judges have made it clear that they want to see vulnerability from the queens and get to know who they actually are as a person.
*** Wearing a basic outfit. If you go out there wearing boots and a swimsuit with a belt around the wait (or a jumpsuit with a corset), Michelle will call you out on it.
26th Mar '17 3:09:20 PM nombretomado
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*** Parodied in TheOnion in a sidebar article: "Jenny Jones Guest Has Secret, Man-Sized Adam's Apple".

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*** Parodied in TheOnion ''Website/TheOnion'' in a sidebar article: "Jenny Jones Guest Has Secret, Man-Sized Adam's Apple".
4th Dec '16 8:16:12 PM lucy24
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* While not exactly Reality TV, children's game shows would often have players who just couldn't figure out what to do during a certain challenge or endgame, no matter how many times it aired up until then. The most {{egregious}} ones include [[Series/LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple the team's complete inability to put that stupid Silver Monkey statue together]], [[Series/{{Knightmare}} contestants who can't spell or give directions worth a damn]], and [[Series/FindersKeepers teams who can't seem to get it through their heads that the nice and clean-looking room they're in is]] ''[[Series/FindersKeepers supposed]]'' [[Series/FindersKeepers to be demolished by them in order to find the hidden object]].

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* While not exactly Reality TV, children's Children's game shows would often have players who just couldn't figure out what to do during a certain challenge or endgame, no matter how many times it aired up until then. The most {{egregious}} ones include [[Series/LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple the team's complete inability to put that stupid Silver Monkey statue together]], [[Series/{{Knightmare}} contestants who can't spell or give directions worth a damn]], and [[Series/FindersKeepers teams who can't seem to get it through their heads that the nice and clean-looking room they're in is]] ''[[Series/FindersKeepers supposed]]'' [[Series/FindersKeepers to be demolished by them in order to find the hidden object]].
4th Dec '16 8:06:06 PM lucy24
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** Year after year after year, contestants are caught off-guard and wholly unprepared when the two teams are merged midway through the season.
16th Oct '16 2:27:43 PM Whitewings
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* In ''[[Series/CanadasWorstDriver Canada's Worst Driver,]]'' the water tank challenge is included in every single season. Only three people (not counting Andrew) have ever thought to bring a change of clothes to the set: Eric in Season 2, and Michael and Yolanda in ''Ever.'' And every person in ''Ever'' was a ''returning participant!''[[/folder]]
14th Oct '16 8:51:29 AM MrChips2301
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* Spectacularly averted by Michael Larson, who managed to memorize the "random" game board patterns on PressYourLuck, won $110,237 ($255,540 in 2016 money) and made that particular game last so long that it had to be split into two episodes. This was enough of an OldShame that CBS [[MissingEpisode didn't let those episodes be re-aired for 19 years]], and they only saw the light of day again as part of a documentary about the scandal.
23rd Sep '16 12:28:31 AM bwburke94
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-->'''Sara M''', ''Website/TelevisionWithoutPity'' recap of ''Series/{{Survivor}} Gabon''.

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-->'''Sara M''', ''Website/TelevisionWithoutPity'' recap of ''Series/{{Survivor}} ''Series/{{Survivor}}: Gabon''.



Actually, generating GenreBlindness is often baked into the DNA of reality shows. First, contestants are selected for personality traits that will cause them to act emotionally and impulsively. Once on the show it is standard practice to isolate contestants from their friends and family and place them in high stress situations with little sleep for weeks or months on end. Several contestants across several different reality shows have also reported that the producers are more than happy to ensure that there is plenty of alcohol to go around on the set, setting up great conditions for a lot of AlcoholInducedIdiocy. If all else fails, producers will use ManipulativeEditing, goad the "appropriate" reactions out of the contestants, or even outright telling them how to act. (Supposedly, on ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', the contestants have been told that any time they mention a previous season/contestants, it won't be aired on film, and on ''Series/BigBrother 2'', contestants were told not to mention the first ''Big Brother''.) Or maybe, as the more cynical of us might think, there's just no reality to it at all and the "contestants" are actors.

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Actually, generating GenreBlindness is often baked into the DNA of reality shows. First, contestants are selected for personality traits that will cause them to act emotionally and impulsively. Once on the show it is standard practice to isolate contestants from their friends and family and place them in high stress situations with little sleep for weeks or months on end. Several contestants across several different reality shows have also reported that the producers are more than happy to ensure that there is plenty of alcohol to go around on the set, setting up great conditions for a lot of AlcoholInducedIdiocy. If all else fails, producers will use ManipulativeEditing, goad the "appropriate" reactions out of the contestants, or even outright telling them how to act. (Supposedly, on ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', the contestants have been told that any time they mention a previous season/contestants, it won't be aired on film, and on the American ''Series/BigBrother 2'', contestants were told not to mention the first ''Big Brother''.) Or maybe, as the more cynical of us might think, there's just no reality to it at all and the "contestants" are actors.



** Early seasons showed the kitchen ''will'' be inspected for cleanliness and food storage for sanitation. If it is not absolutely spotless, expect every last smudge of dirt or rotten food to be shown in [[SarcasmMode loving]], [[NauseaFuel revolting]] close-up. Somehow the restaurants never learn...

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** Early seasons showed the kitchen ''will'' be inspected for cleanliness and food storage for sanitation. If it is not absolutely spotless, expect every last smudge of dirt or rotten food to be shown in [[SarcasmMode loving]], [[NauseaFuel revolting]] close-up.revolting close-up]]. Somehow the restaurants never learn...



** There are also people who aren't thinking about getting appropriate clothing. Sometimes this is actually justified, because they aren't often ''told'' they're going to start the game and are often told they're going to a promo event...which was a big twist in ''Pearl Islands''. (During the final two tribal council, Lilian stated she wouldn't have worn her scoutmaster uniform if she had known they were going to the game instead of a promotional event. In the same season, Savage would've also not worn a bloody tuxedo.)

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** There are also people who aren't thinking about getting appropriate clothing. Sometimes this is actually justified, because they aren't often ''told'' they're going to start the game and are often told they're going to a promo event...which was a big twist in ''Pearl Islands''. (During the final two tribal council, Final Tribal Council, Lilian stated she wouldn't have worn her scoutmaster uniform if she had known they were going to the game instead of a promotional event. In the same season, Savage would've also not worn a bloody tuxedo.tuxedo of all things.)



*** Justified in later seasons, where the outfits worn by the castaways while on the island are picked/approved by the producers, not the contestants. This is partially used to appropriately color code outfits for the castaway's intended tribe and partially used so the producers can create their character through easily identifiable visual cues (Dan Lembo's $1,600 alligator shoes in ''Nicaragua'' spring to mind, as they instantly revealed his status as an out of his element city slicker.) Similarly, Candice Cody interviewed that her personal swimsuit choices for ''Heroes vs Villains'' were all declined because they weren't sexy enough.

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*** Justified in later seasons, where the outfits worn by the castaways while on the island are picked/approved by the producers, not the contestants. This is partially used to appropriately color code outfits for the castaway's intended tribe and partially used so the producers can create their character through easily identifiable visual cues (Dan Lembo's $1,600 alligator shoes in ''Nicaragua'' spring to mind, as they instantly revealed his status as an out of his element city slicker.) Similarly, Candice Cody (nee Woodcock) interviewed that her personal swimsuit choices for ''Heroes vs vs. Villains'' were all declined because they weren't sexy enough.



** Part of the reason Russell Hantz got so far in ''Samoa'' was because almost all the other players appeared to be completely GenreBlind Galu not shaking off their outsider when they had the chance, Shambo voting personally, Galu deciding to vote off their own teammate with a hidden Immunity Idol instead of [[FanNickname Pagonging]] the four players left, players practically being shown a map ''to the hidden Immunity Idol'' for the first time ''ever'' and ''not even bothering to look for it'', never learning to keep an eye on the Idol-hunting Russell, John changing his vote, etc. (Note we said "''almost''" Natalie saw the dumb people voting the smart out, so she used ObfuscatingStupidity instead and ended up with the big bucks. Not only to his dismay but to the [[FanNickname Hantz Nation]].)

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** Part of the reason Russell Hantz got so far in ''Samoa'' was because almost all the other players appeared to be completely GenreBlind Galu not shaking voting off their outsider when they had the chance, Shambo voting personally, Galu deciding to vote off their own teammate with a hidden Immunity Idol instead of [[FanNickname Pagonging]] the four players left, players practically being shown a map ''to the hidden Immunity Idol'' for the first time ''ever'' and ''not even bothering to look for it'', never learning to keep an eye on the Idol-hunting Russell, John changing his vote, etc. (Note we said "''almost''" Natalie saw the dumb people voting the smart out, so she used ObfuscatingStupidity instead and ended up with the big bucks. Not only to his dismay but to the [[FanNickname Hantz Nation]].)
30th Jul '16 1:26:45 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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Actually, generating GenreBlindness is often baked into the DNA of reality shows. First, contestants are selected for personality traits that will cause them to act emotionally and impulsively. Once on the show it is standard practice to isolate contestants from their friends and family and place them in high stress situations with little sleep for weeks or months on end. If all else fails, producers will use ManipulativeEditing, goad the "appropriate" reactions out of the contestants, or even outright telling them how to act. (Supposedly, on ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', the contestants have been told that any time they mention a previous season/contestants, it won't be aired on film, and on ''Series/BigBrother 2'', contestants were told not to mention the first ''Big Brother''.) Or maybe, as the more cynical of us might think, there's just no reality to it at all and the "contestants" are actors.

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Actually, generating GenreBlindness is often baked into the DNA of reality shows. First, contestants are selected for personality traits that will cause them to act emotionally and impulsively. Once on the show it is standard practice to isolate contestants from their friends and family and place them in high stress situations with little sleep for weeks or months on end. Several contestants across several different reality shows have also reported that the producers are more than happy to ensure that there is plenty of alcohol to go around on the set, setting up great conditions for a lot of AlcoholInducedIdiocy. If all else fails, producers will use ManipulativeEditing, goad the "appropriate" reactions out of the contestants, or even outright telling them how to act. (Supposedly, on ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', the contestants have been told that any time they mention a previous season/contestants, it won't be aired on film, and on ''Series/BigBrother 2'', contestants were told not to mention the first ''Big Brother''.) Or maybe, as the more cynical of us might think, there's just no reality to it at all and the "contestants" are actors.
21st Jul '16 10:17:54 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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Typically, the casting will try to avoid the GenreSavvy players because an entire season full of them wouldn't seem very interesting (one of the reasons recruiting is the go-to tactic for casting). It's the people who will fight with each other for petty reasons, [[SmallNameBigEgo ego cases]] who boast to the ConfessionCam, the spazzes who are borderline insane, {{The Mean Brit}}s, and the ImNotHereToMakeFriends types that make the show worth watching - not the DangerouslyGenreSavvy players who'd sit around and keep their mouths shut and set up [[ThePlan one clever plan after another]], or the genuinely talented people in talent shows. A common thing with reality game shows is that [[AwesomeButImpractical what makes a good show does not always make a good game]]; [[BoringButPractical and what makes a good game does not always make a good show]].

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Typically, the casting will try to avoid the GenreSavvy players because an entire season full of them wouldn't seem very interesting (one of the reasons recruiting is the go-to tactic for casting). It's the people who will fight with each other for petty reasons, [[SmallNameBigEgo ego cases]] who boast to the ConfessionCam, the spazzes who are borderline insane, {{The Mean Brit}}s, and the ImNotHereToMakeFriends types that make the show worth watching - not the DangerouslyGenreSavvy players who'd sit around and keep their mouths shut and set up [[ThePlan one clever plan after another]], or the genuinely talented people in talent shows. A common thing with reality game shows is that [[AwesomeButImpractical what makes a good show does not always make a good game]]; [[BoringButPractical and what makes a good game does not always make a good show]].



** Reportedly, it's possible the customers are fake and just acting along. Or maybe they're GenreSavvy and go for the floor show rather than the food. After all, who else would eat at [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Hell's]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Kitchen]]? Even if that's not the name given, the restaurant is clearly split up into two teams.

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** Reportedly, it's possible the customers are fake and just acting along. Or maybe they're GenreSavvy and they go for the floor show rather than the food. After all, who else would eat at [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Hell's]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Kitchen]]? Even if that's not the name given, the restaurant is clearly split up into two teams.
8th Jul '16 12:13:54 AM jormis29
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* It looks like many people who go to ''The Steve Wilkos Show'' have never seen an episode. Many don't realize that if you're not a "victim" then you'll probably get yelled at horribly and you won't be able to sit down on stage.

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* It looks like many people who go to ''The Steve Wilkos Show'' ''Series/TheSteveWilkosShow'' have never seen an episode. Many don't realize that if you're not a "victim" then you'll probably get yelled at horribly and you won't be able to sit down on stage.
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