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Entertainment review: “Reality TV”

December 28, 2010 - Pam Rodgers
As a person who swore she would never, ever get into reality television shows, I have several, specifically three that I currently watch. They are competition reality shows, which is what makes them more intriguing to me than things like the “The Real World.”

The top show in this group is Dancing with the Stars, though the fall season almost made me quit watching the show completely. The spring season was excellent with Nicole Scherzinger taking the title with her partner Derek Hough. It was a great year for Derek on the show because he also won with Jennifer Grey in the fall, making him the first ever pro to win three times (his first win was with now co-host Brooke Burke in 2009). The biggest controversy was in the fall season with Bristol Palin continuing on the show far longer than she should have. I have used my blog to vent my frustrations about the topic so I will not rehash it. Just no, I was not a fan.

The second reality show is another dance competition, So You Think You Can Dance? It had only one summer season this, abandoning the terrible fall season idea from last year. It was a year of changes for the show as it changed its format. There was only 10 contestants (five men, five women) instead of 20 and they danced with all-star partners, making the shows format similar to DWTS. The only difference is their partner changed when their style of dance changed. It was a tough season for the girls with the first three eliminations were women. And the only reason the next was a guy was he tore his Achilles tendon and was forced to drop out. Then the next week whittled the girls field to one with another injury. Leaving Lauren Froderman the last girl standing.

Despite the season that was dominated by the guys (Kent Boyd, Robert Roldan, Billy Bell and Adechike Torbert), Lauren prevailed as America’s Favorite Dance for season 7. I liked Lauren from the beginning and I voted for her, a lot. I was very happy that she got the title.

The third reality program was new to me this year, The Sing Off. It was a December only, Monday and Wednesday nights program for NBC but it was a big hit. I didn’t want to watch it at first because it replaced Chuck but I watched the second episode on Wednesday and was hooked. The amount of vocal talent on the show was just amazing. The winners, Committed, a group of six church boys from Alabama, couldn’t be more deserving. They were incredible. The other top four groups, The Backbeats, Street Corner Symphony and Jerry Lawson and Talk of the Town, were just as amazing in the finale. I was very happy to pick up this new program.

Overall, it was a good year for my reality shows. Despite the controversy, DWTS remains at the top of my list. I am excited to see what 2011 will bring for the show with seasons 12 and 13. SYTYCD is a great show to watch over the summer months when my regular shows are on hiatus. The Sing Off also filled a void when most shows are on break for the holidays. 2010 was better than 2009 because I didn’t watch the Bachelor, a show I believe is probably the stupidest idea on the face of the Earth, but I digress.

I am so happy with 2010!

 
 

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