Reality - What a Concept 

Whether you love them, hate them, or are somewhere in-between, reality shows, it appears, are here to stay. When reality programs first aired, people were intrigued. Shows like The Real World, American Idol, Survivor, and Big Brother were popular with audiences. The reality show was a new concept, or so people thought. In actuality, the idea of a program featuring real people, not actors, in a non-scripted environment was exactly the blueprint for the program "Candid Camera." That show, which first aired in 1948, was famous for attracting unsuspecting folks and placing them in laughable situations, all the while catching it on film. 

There are a multitude of reality programs on the airwaves nowadays but their popularity seems to be declining. Audiences are getting tired of the same formula where groups of contestants vie for a cash prize and try not to get voted off each week. Other reality shows have been criticized for their negative portrayal of certain races or genders.  


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Star Power

One of the changes made to reality programs in recent years, in an effort to keep their audience and to try to attract new fans, is to feature celebrities. Reality shows, like The Apprentice, discovered the secret of adding celebrities to the mix early on. The Apprentice began spotlighting celebrities in 2008 and changed the name of the show to "The Celebrity Apprentice."  It has been a ratings hit ever since.  

One show that has always featured celebrities is Dancing with the Stars. The 15th season has been dubbed their "all-star" season and will showcase past winners and fan favorites in the popular format of dancing for scores and votes. 

Reality Stars 

While some reality shows are enlisting the power of celebrities, some reality shows are making celebrities out of their stars. Take for example Kelly Clarkson, the first winner of American Idol, she has won several awards and still remains popular years after Idol.  Then there's Elisabeth Hasselbeck, although she failed to win Survivor: The Australian Outback, she walked away with the grand prize when she secured the gig of the conservative voice on the daytime talk show The View. Another American Idol alumni who made the big time was Jennifer Hudson, like Hasselbeck, Hudson did not win her season on Idol, but she sure showed them when she won the Academy Award for her work in the movie Dreamgirls

Celeb Power 

While many shows are already incorporating famous personalities to attract larger audiences, imagine what your favorite reality shows would be like if they added celebrities . . . 

The Real Housewives:  Can you imagine what this show would be like if Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston joined the cast? Forget the table flipping, these two would probably be very passive aggressive. 

The Bachelor: George Clooney would make an entertaining celebrity bachelor; however, it is highly doubtful he will ask anyone to marry him at the end.   

Survivor: A celebrity who is used to being pampered would bring in a large audience to watch him or her out in the wild fending for themselves and competing with others for the title of the sole survivor. I don't know about you but I would like to see people like Donald Trump, Lindsay Lohan, the Kardashians (all of them), John Mayer and Russell Brand compete on Survivor week after week.  

Big Brother: I bet people would tune in to see celebs try to co-exist in a house while competing against one another. Imagine the Big Brother house inhabited by such personalities as Elton John, Madonna, Kelly Osbourne, Christina Aguilera, Joan Rivers, Chelsea Handler, or Taylor Swift and any of her ex-boyfriends. 

What fun reality television is when a celebrity is added to the mix!


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