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Published May 29th 2014
The Voice

Following the huge success of The Voice, reality TV has dominated TV screens across Australia with the My Kitchen Rules finale being the most watched television event of 2013 (a whopping 3.3 million people) and The Block Sky High hot on their heels (3.15 million).

The Voice judges and finalists

However, not all reality TV shows have sky rocketed in the ratings - the likes of Being Lara Bingle and The Shire have brought horror to reality TV with trashy stereotypes and badly staged attempts at attracting audiences.

Lara Bingle

The most recent ratings fail was The Biggest Loser, now in its ninth season. The Biggest Loser Challenge Australia finale was pushed back to accommodate for Jamie Oliver's new cooking show.

Biggest Loser Logo

Of course, its rivals, on Channel 7 and Channel 9 - My Kitchen Rules and The Block respectively - pulled in much better ratings. The finale, though, was quite spectacular with the winner losing an incredible 79.8 kilograms. The message of Challenge Australia was simple: to transform the town of Ararat (one of the most overweight towns in Australia).

In case you missed it, in the US, Biggest Loser Rachel Fredrickson was slammed for her extreme weight loss, losing almost 60% of her original weight. Watching reality TV means that we are watching real action and real people, despite the behind the scenes madness from editors to producers.

X Factor Australia

We witness the miracles first hand and in some instances, we can participate as live audiences in talent shows or through the voting system.

So what makes reality TV appealing?

I don't know. What do you think?
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Reality TV appeals to the lowest denominator of the human species because it is mindless and there is no reality except shock style celebrity. The tragedy is people watch this and think its typical behaviour.
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