->''"Ahem. Um, my hair's not really blue. [beat] I need that tape!"''
-->-- '''Marge Simpson''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

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In {{Reality Show}}s, a camera which is set up in an isolated location (a small room or, in outdoor environs, a secluded area), where the show's participants appear individually to speak candidly about tactics, motivations, the other players, etc. A common feature of the RealityTVShowMansion. In many cases, ConfessionCam interviews are produced in such a way that they can be spliced into the regular footage at any point with ManipulativeEditing, and may be used several episodes away from when they actually took place. A few very smart competitors (most of them female) have circumvented that by noticeably changing their hairstyles or make-up every day, very effectively limiting how much the footage can be misplaced.

The modern concept, similar in execution to documentary interviews, hearkens back to the granddaddy of television court shows, ''The People's Court'', wherein litigants would pause in the hallway after each case for a brief interview with the court reporter. Later, ''Series/JudgeJudy'' created the precedent (along with many many others) of eliminating the court reporter and having the litigants rant directly to the camera. And the ConfessionCam was born.

Trope name comes from an episode of ''TheSimpsons'' which parodied RealityTV; in this episode, the house which served as location for the reality ShowWithinAShow featured a closet equipped with a camera, dubbed the "Confessional" (which Marge interpreted quite literally).

Speaking to the ConfessionCam can be quite hazardous to the speaker's personal reputation -- it's important to not only watch ''what'' you're saying, but also ''how'' you say it, so that it's harder to twist around via clever editing. The above-mentioned hair-change trick is one method; another is to pay careful attention to what you're saying and deliberately 'bust the take' so that you can mentally compose a better response.

Not to be confused with the {{confessional}} at your local Catholic church. [[RealityShowGenreBlindness If you do mix them up]], prepare to be ConvictedByPublicOpinion sooner or later...


[[folder: Reality Programs ]]

* ''The 1900 House'' documentary had one of these in each bedroom hidden in a corner cupboard. The family would confess when they did something not of the period (such as the women buying modern shampoo), or just to air their frustrations as a sort of personal diary.
* ''Series/TheApprentice'' puts a ConfessionCam with the [[EliminationStatement eliminated contestant]] in the taxi ride to the airport, along with more standard invocations of the trope.
* The diary room in ''Series/BigBrother'' would be the second most common form.
** Additionally, both ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' and ''Series/BigBrother'' use confessionals of the actual voting, with both apologies to the person being voted for and the vitriolic rants against them.
* ''Series/DoctorPhil'': Dr. Phil typically embeds a camera crew with his guests a couple of weeks/days before they appear on his show; the preparatory footage thus collected always includes several Confession Cams.
** Ditto [[Series/{{Maury}} Maury Povich]].
* On ''Series/{{Endurance}}'', there is usually a small room provided where contestants can express their thoughts and comments on challenges and relationships that are occurring throughout the series.
* On ''Series/GhostHunters'', TAPS members frequently use the ConfessionCam to explain the terminology used in their investigations. More often than note, though, they merely describe to the audience what we just witnessed actually being filmed. It can get tiresome.
** Thankfully, they've mostly stopped explaining how EVP works, which they used to do ''twice'' every episode.
* ''Judge Joe Brown'' shows them ranting ''before'' the show; after each case, they are shown leaving while the court report [[CaptainObvious describes what just transpired]].
* Most television court shows such as ''Series/JudgeJudy'' (see exceptions below).
* ''Series/JunkyardWars'' mostly relies on the cameras that are with the teams, but each team does have a video camera available to them in a remote corner of their workshops where team members can self-record brief confessionals.
* ''Jury Duty'' features the namesake jury ranting instead of the litigants.
* ''Series/ThePeoplesCourt'' still features interviews by the court reporter.
* ''Series/ScrapheapChallenge'' has one of these; it's rarely seen because contestants are too busy building things, but when a fight takes place or there is a lot of tension, expect a little elaboration from somebody on the team.
* The documentary-style ConfessionCam employed by ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' is probably the quintessential incarnation.
* ''Series/TopChef'' uses this throughout the episode. Normally, the cheftestants talk about a dish they're preparing or explaining the challenge to the viewer.
* In a similar vein, ''Series/TheWeakestLink'' features contestants [[EliminationStatement ranting after they've been eliminated]].
* ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' does a variant, as teammates almost always do them together.
* Golf Channel's ''Big Break'' has one. It almost always telegraphs the confessor's next shot: If they're boasting about their skills, it'll be a terrible shot; if they're admitting they're scared, it'll be a great shot. It doesn't matter whether it's a drive or a 4-foot putt.
* ''Series/TheDoctorOzShow'' uses them for both serious (addiction, weight trouble, deadly disease) and not-so-serious (a funny-sounding fart, or another normal body oddity) conditions.
* In interviews, many contestants on ''Series/TheTester'' have stated that they're not really shallow idiots as they appear to be. The editing just makes it seem that way.
* ''Series/TheColony'' uses the confession room regularly to get more insight into what's going the subjects' minds after noteworthy events. The first season makes a point that the colonists film it themselves in a back room, but no explanation is given in the second season.
* ''Series/HellsKitchen'', keeping with the theme, has shelves of pots and pans in the background that make it look like the Confession Cam is located in HK's pantry.
* ''Series/TheRealHousewives'' has multiple talking head sessions for the cast members, filmed after the events of the episode take place.
* ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel'' also uses these.
* On ''Series/TheJoeSchmoShow'', the time the actors spent talking to the confession cam was the time that they could actually be themselves without having to be their character. This caused a panic in the first season, however, when everyone thought that Matt Kennedy Gould (the season's mark) had heard Lance Krall ("Kip") talking out-of-character on the confession cam.
* ''[[Series/FaceOff Face Off]]'' has the confession cam but, due to the general FriendlyRivalry among the competitors, they use it almost exclusively to express their thoughts on the theme of the challenges, as well as to explain screwups and decisions made in the creation stage. In the reveal stage, the contestants talk about the final results of their work as they are revealed to the judges.
* The children's adventure game show ''Raven'' has this, usually having the contestants/warriors giving their thoughts at the beginning of each episode as well as after each challenge.


[[folder: Notable Exceptions: ]]

* A certain few TV court shows are exempt:
** ''Christina's Court'' features the titular judge (no pun intended) offering up a pearl of wisdom.
** Similarly, Judge David Young lectures the gallery on the subject of each case -- or, really, anything the judge wants to talk about.
** ''Judge Karen'' and ''Judge Pirro'' avert it completely.


!!Parodies and Non-Reality Programs

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Rare non-television example: ''Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' and its debriefing 'video' clips.

[[folder: Film ]]
* Used one by Creator/IngmarBergman in Film/EnPassion. All four main actors have one chance to speculate on their characters.
* During the allegedly gruesome filming of ''Film/{{Dogville}}'', a ConfessionCam was set up for the actors by director Lars von Trier to help them cope. It's on the DVD extras.
* Used in ''Film/Series7TheContenders'', but it's hard to fit into the continuity proper, what with it being [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame the most dangerous game]] and all.
* Used in ''Film/{{Showtime}}'' for the Reality ShowWithinAShow of the same name. Since this was a police-themed reality show, the two protagonists are contractually-obligated to spend at least 5 minutes a day in the booth with the camera. [[Creator/EddieMurphy Trey]] uses the camera to the full extent, complaining about Mitch and boasting about his own skills. [[Creator/RobertDeNiro Mitch]] does anything in the booth ''but'' its intended purpose (e.g. reading a newspaper, shaving, making fun of Trey).

[[folder: Literature ]]
* The ''Literature/WarriorCats'' [[ExpandedUniverse field guide]] ''Secrets of the Clans'' has a variant of this: there are brief sections called "_____ Speaks", and the characters talk about their feelings during a major event that occured in the main series, their motivation for doing something, and things like that.

[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]
* A variation of this is used in the Discovery Kids show ''Series/Flight29Down''. Each person has their own tape for the camera which they use as a sort of diary.
* ''Series/ModernFamily'' uses this device, where characters complain about their family members.
* The soliloquy-esque bits in the {{Mockumentary}} ''Series/{{The Office|UK}}'' ([[Series/TheOfficeUS both versions]]).
** Also ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' meant to parody ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' naturally uses this.
* In an episode of ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'', Raven and Chelsea are on a dating game show where they compete for a chance to date a guy. They're filmed via confession cam saying what they really think about each other, but they producer turns them against each other by editing what they say (i.e. Raven's "Chelsea is such a good friend, I would never want to lose her, and that's coming from the heart" is edited to "Chelsea is such a loser, and that's coming from the heart").
* ''Series/LivAndMaddie'' does when the main characters have some comments about the scene at hand, for example, in Sleep-A-Rooney, Liv states that she did had fun times with Parker prior to her departure to Hollywood.
* Used in an episode of ''Series/{{Community}}'' in which Abed is filming a documentary about his friends. Shirley even films a confession cam segment without Abed's knowledge.
* On the Hulu original series ''Series/{{Battleground}}'' this occurs. The interviews seem to take place after the ending of the campaign, showing where many of the characters are.
* Some episodes of ''Series/DrewCareysImprovaganza'' do this with the audience volunteers and some special guests.
* The episode "Bad Wolf" from ''Series/DoctorWho'' starts off with the Doctor looking into the Game Station's Confession Cam, which also hides the way out of the local Big-Brother-esque deathtrap.
-->'''Davina-Droid:''' You are live on Channel 44,000. Please do not swear.\\
'''Doctor:''' You have GOT to be kidding.
* ''Series/TheKicks'' used this in the original version of the Pilot, but dropped it during the full season and released a recut Pilot that didn't use it.
* ''Series/{{Backstage}}'' uses this regularly.

[[folder: Music ]]
* Music/{{U2}}'s [=ZooTV=] tour had a video confession that played before and during the show.
* The British album cover of ''Music/MyGeneration'' by Music/TheWho shows a shot of the band photographed from bird eye's view.
* Music/FrankZappa is shot from above on the album covers of ''Music/LumpyGravy'' and ''Music/BongoFury''.

[[folder: Puppet Shows]]
* A regular feature of ''Series/TheMuppets'', which has a similar format to ''Series/{{The Office|US}}''. In the first episode Gonzo uses it to decry the whole concept, saying it just gets used for cheap laughs based on HypocriticalHumor. We then cut back to the meeting, where he tells Kermit it's a great device and he loves it.
* Invoked on ''Series/TheMrPotatoHeadShow'' during the reality-show episode: Mr. Potato Head set one up and allowed the other cast members to go in any time they wanted to discuss their feelings. Which he then used ManipulativeEditing on to make it look like one of the characters was badmouthing all the others as an attempt at generating conflict to liven up the show.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* In the ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' DLC Enter the Dominatrix, Jane [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Valder(r)am(m)a]] interviews many of the Saints in this style about one of their "deleted scenes," a story that was partially "shot" but never released called Enter the Dominatrix. It's implied that many elements of ETD were later reconfigured and reused for ''Saints Row IV'' itself, mirroring [=SR4's=] partial origins in the unreleased Enter the Dominatrix DLC for ''[[VideoGames/SaintsRowTheThird Saints Row:]]'' '''''[[VideoGames/SaintsRowTheThird The Third]]'''''. [[NoFourthWall More lampshades are hung than in a lampshade factory.]]

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* ''Series/IAmNotInfected'' features a confession cam, which is a leftover from the series taking place in the house before the ZombieApocalypse, ''The Frat House of Representatives''. It's put to use by the characters frequently.
* ''WebVideo/BAMFGirlsClub'', being a parody of reality tv, has an obligatory one.
* ''WebVideo/OneHundredYardStare'' Ellie makes a startling confession at the end of episode ''18''
* ''WebAnimation/BarbieLifeInTheDreamhouse'' makes frequent use of this, even for characters who can't speak English.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* Parodied, of course, in ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether''. The series uses it scarcely in later episodes as it becomes more divergent from its Reality Show parody premise and places more emphasis on BlackComedy and parodying just about everything else.
* Seen, of course, in the faux-reality show ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' and its SpinOff ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace''. Like much of the shows, it invokes the RuleOfFunny, so expect it to be used when it quite logically and explicitly cannot. For many reasons, including the fact that in ''Total Drama'' the confession booth is also an outhouse. Which is sometimes in use. When the camera is on. Thankfully, above belly button level.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Also of course parodied in the episode It's a Jersey Thing, where the various Jersey Shore template characters suddenly cut to confession cams in the middle of a scene. This is Lampshaded when Kyle's mom does one and it cuts back to everyone else in the room staring at her talking to thin air.
** And again in "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining"
* While not a confession cam per se, the interspersed comments by the cast of WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSMASH