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12th Nov '17 2:21:30 PM rjd1922
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* On ''Series/TimeCommanders'', it was a given that the each week's contestants have no experience with neither videogames nor with battle tactics. This was first ''partially'' subverted with a team of four "experienced" videogame players - though none of them had any experience with anything remotely like ''VideoGame/RomeTotalWar''. On another occasion they brought in a team of four military officers - who were promptly given a much more challenging scenario to beat. [[IDontKnowMortalKombat Both these teams lost]].

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* On ''Series/TimeCommanders'', it was a given that the each week's contestants have no experience with neither videogames video games nor with battle tactics. This was first ''partially'' subverted with a team of four "experienced" videogame video game players - though none of them had any experience with anything remotely like ''VideoGame/RomeTotalWar''. On another occasion they brought in a team of four military officers - who were promptly given a much more challenging scenario to beat. [[IDontKnowMortalKombat Both these teams lost]].
12th Nov '17 2:21:01 PM rjd1922
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** Also, there's always at least someone who tries to bring back their enemies/rivals into the boardroom rather than the people who actually caused them to lose the task. This isn't being VotedOffTheIsland people, it's Sir Alan Sugar who chooses which contestant gets the boot. And so the people who actually messed up get off scot free, the project manager guilty of bringing back people they don't like usually ends up fired and everyone finds out the hard way that this isn't like the X-Factor or Survivor.

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** Also, there's always at least someone who tries to bring back their enemies/rivals into the boardroom rather than the people who actually caused them to lose the task. This isn't being VotedOffTheIsland people, it's Sir Alan Sugar who chooses which contestant gets the boot. And so the people who actually messed up get off scot free, the project manager guilty of bringing back people they don't like usually ends up fired and everyone finds out the hard way that this isn't like the X-Factor ''X-Factor'' or Survivor.''Survivor''.



* On ''Series/TimeCommanders'', it was a given that the each week's contestants have no experience with neither videogames nor with battle tactics. This was first ''partially'' subverted with a team of 4 "experienced" videogame players - though none of them had any experience with anything remotely like ''VideoGame/RomeTotalWar''. On another occasion they brought in a team of 4 military officers - who were promptly given a much more challenging scenario to beat. [[RuleOfDrama Both these teams lost]].

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* On ''Series/TimeCommanders'', it was a given that the each week's contestants have no experience with neither videogames nor with battle tactics. This was first ''partially'' subverted with a team of 4 four "experienced" videogame players - though none of them had any experience with anything remotely like ''VideoGame/RomeTotalWar''. On another occasion they brought in a team of 4 four military officers - who were promptly given a much more challenging scenario to beat. [[RuleOfDrama [[IDontKnowMortalKombat Both these teams lost]].
12th Nov '17 2:06:00 PM rjd1922
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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.

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Actually, generating GenreBlindness Genre Blindness 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.
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29th Oct '17 9:20:53 PM urutapu
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*** Eliminating contestants for undercooking meat on a reality show about cooking, however, is understandable and justified. Ever get so sick from food poisoning that you puked interesting colors? More often than not, it was because the cook wasn't carefully watching the meat he was supposed to be dutifully cooking, so of course Ramsay is going to come down hard on contestants for undercooked meat. Potentially poisoning your customers is a lot more important than a sub-par meal.

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*** Eliminating contestants for undercooking meat on a reality show about cooking, however, is understandable and justified. Ever get so sick from food poisoning that you puked interesting colors? More often than not, it was because the cook wasn't carefully watching the meat he was supposed to be dutifully cooking, so of course Ramsay is going to come down hard on contestants for undercooked meat. Potentially poisoning your customers is a lot more important much bigger problem than a sub-par meal.serving them food that simply tastes bad.
14th Oct '17 9:49:21 PM zzedar
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** A truly stunning number of the contestants seem to think they're hot stuff and will tell Gordon Ramsay (who is effectively one of the top chefs in England if not the entire world) that he's wrong and they know better than him. This was later exemplified in Ben from the latest season. While having the stereotypical "I'm hot shit" view can be expected in this sort of reality show, he would constantly respond to any challenge he lost by claiming in his private camera sessions that he should have won, and often responding to the real winner that he felt they didn't have any real desire to win. This included contestants who Ramsay would personally compliment. And when he was brought back to help the final two in the finale, he spent the entire time reminding the camera that he was actually better than [[spoiler:the girl who ended up winning the entire season]]. His fairly obvious sexism aside, he just refused to believe Ramsay at all if the topic was someone else being better than him.

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** A truly stunning number of the contestants seem to think they're hot stuff and will tell Gordon Ramsay (who is effectively one of the top chefs in England if not the entire world) that he's wrong and they know better than him. This was later exemplified in Ben from the latest season.Season 7. While having the stereotypical "I'm hot shit" view can be expected in this sort of reality show, he would constantly respond to any challenge he lost by claiming in his private camera sessions that he should have won, and often responding to the real winner that he felt they didn't have any real desire to win. This included contestants who Ramsay would personally compliment. And when he was brought back to help the final two in the finale, he spent the entire time reminding the camera that he was actually better than [[spoiler:the girl who ended up winning the entire season]]. His fairly obvious sexism aside, he just refused to believe Ramsay at all if the topic was someone else being better than him.
8th Oct '17 2:01:15 PM nombretomado
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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.

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* Spectacularly averted by Michael Larson, who managed to memorize the "random" game board patterns on PressYourLuck, ''Series/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.
4th Sep '17 10:46:27 PM wuggles
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** The bottom two contestants of every episode have to "lip-sync for their lives" in order to determine who is eliminated. Although the queens are told in advance what each episode's song will be, some queens ''still'' don't bother learning the words, indicating either genre blindness or naked hubris. Needless to say, the ones who clearly don't know the words are eliminated.

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** The bottom two contestants of every episode have to "lip-sync for their lives" in order to determine who is eliminated. Although the queens are told in advance what each episode's song will be, some queens ''still'' don't bother learning the words, indicating either genre blindness or naked hubris. Needless to say, the ones who clearly don't know the words are eliminated. The inverse sometimes happens, with queens who just stand there and mouth the words with no form of choreography, which also leads to almost guaranteed elimination.
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."
** In
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]].
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