Moments: Part 2 - December 9
Last week, we discussed the Top 10 Game Show Moments of
the Studio Era. Almost immediately, I started to receive
e-mails from you guys on what stuff should have gotten
in or at least an honorable mention. I expect even
more e-mail when we get to (in my opinion) the Top Ten
Reality Moments of all time.
10. Erin Brodie chooses money, For Love or Money
Forget the second season, where everything looked more
set up than the presents under the Christmas tree.
Though the signs were certainly there that Erin would
take the cash, everyone expected Erin to select Rob, the
guy who picked her. Wrong. Erin took the one million
dollars, leaving Rob at the altar. In the second season,
Erin doubles the amount to two million, but not without
everything looking, shall we say
all gift wrapped.
9. The Ballad of Corey Clark, American Idol 2
Of course, we all know what happened this past season
between Corey and Paula. Im not talking about that
moment. I am talking instead about the moment that Corey
got thrown off American Idol 2, sending the competition
in chaos and leaving the recappers wondering what in the
world Idol was going to do so that they dont lose a
week. Fortunately, they chose wisely and gave everyone a
free pass, but that too caused controversy when the
Chaos Theory struck, and sent home popular contestant
Rickey Hercules Smith the next week.
8. The Donald fires everyone, Apprentice 4 The
first time that the Donald fired more than one person at
a time, it was during the Apprentice 2. People were
surprised (including myself), but you figured that he
had to do that, because you had to cut enough people to
fit a show like this into 13 episodes. You also had a
feeling that multiple eliminations were coming as for
the first time in the shows history, a team actually
caused a company to LOSE money during a sales task. No
one saw this coming, however the Donald took the 4
people who returned to the Board Room and fired ALL of
them. That not only sent a shock to the remaining
contestants, but also jolted the ratings, as that move
alone may have revived this season of the Apprentice.
7. Bai Ling and the wonder stool, But Can They Sing?
Notice that this list is labeled Top Reality Moments
not necessarily good or bad. Its true that William Hung
was pretty awful, but Bai Ling not only ran circles
around him, but her performances were on the border of
porno material. The coup de gras was her song I Wanna
Be Sedated, when she stripped down to a biker chick
outfit and humped a stool like she was hearing William
Hung sing in the background She Bangs. That was quite
possibly the worst performance ever in the history of
musical reality contests.
6. No one wins, Married By America Finale The
show that easily goes down as one of the worst reality
shows EVER (and one of the only ones to be banned in
almost half of the country) gives us the over the top
finale as the couples that YOU, America, vote for all
break up right before the wedding. Instead of a happy
marriage promised by Fox, we get two couples splitting,
one bride left at the altar, one drunken row turned into
a near-brawl, no $500,000 grand prize awarded, a
complete waste of time for the past 6 hours of my life
and one of the biggest clusterbombs in the history of
5. Omarosa, The Apprentice Omarosa has to go
down as one of the most diabolical manipulative women to
ever be on a reality show. Unfortunately for her, she
wasnt on a show like Survivor, but The Apprentice, a
show where you actually had to try to get along with
people. She was drama for every bit of the journey
though, all the way to the last episode, where she
barges in crying to The Donald while hes in the middle
of his deliberations. Like Richard Hatch made Survivor
what it was, Omarosa made The Apprentice what it was.
4. The rejected, The Bachelor, Finale Lets go
alllll the way back to the first Bachelor. Its not who
Alex Michel picked (Amanda Marsh), its who he DIDNT
pick Trista Rehn, who winds up shattered like church
glass all over the limousine floor. The public outcry
from that one moment led to Trista spearheading her own
Bachelor experience, and the rest, which included a
wedding on television and appearances on Dancing With
the Stars and Fear Factor (among other shows) as they
say, is history.
3. A real proposal, Survivor All-Stars The
biggest reality show proposal, ironically, didnt happen
on a love show. It happened on the finale of Survivor
All-Stars where Rob Mariano proposed to Amber Brkich.
She accepted, and not only was a couple created, so was
a cash cow for CBS, as they solidified the Amazing Race
series and became the second reality couple to be
married on live television (the aforementioned Trista
and her found beau Ryan Sutter being the first).
2. Playing with knives, Big Brother 2 When
Justin Sebik held the knife to the throat of Krista
Stegall, Justin made history as the first American
contestant thrown off of a reality game show. The
shockwaves were felt as this not only was something that
people talked about for months, but it was the straw
that broke the camels back and led to much stronger
background checks on reality shows.
1. Final episode, Survivor Borneo Not only do
we get the Infamous Snakes and Rats speech from Susan
Hawk, we also get one of the highest rated shows in the
past 10 years. This was the episode that put reality
shows on the map to stay, not just because of Susans
venom, but because this was the first time that good
does not win. Indeed, its Richard Hatchs game play
that comes through, and it was just the icing on the
cake for Survivor, the show that launched a thousand
clones and created a new genre.
And there you have it the 10 unforgettable reality
show moments. Please send in your opinions on this list,
and next week, I will the top moments from you guys that
should have been on either list but werent.
Gordon Pepper welcomes all top 10 lists at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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