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15 People Reveal Behind The Scenes Secrets From Reality Shows

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020, 5:22 pm


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So, how real are the reality shows? We all know that they are not 100% real, but we hardly know how fake they can be. Yes, most reality shows are prep-planned, staged and not real at all. The story is more or less same with the talent shows as well. We have fifteen people here who revealed some fascinating behind the scenes secrets of reality shows. These people either worked for reality shows or participated in them.
1.It's Not Like What You See On TV!

A friend of mine tried out for American Idol and she said it always seemed like the people wait then they get their big shot in front of the TV judges. In reality it's a ton of steps, and hours of waiting, to go through loads of intermediate judges who decide if you're either TV material, the insane or terrible people, or actually good enough to move on.
-I-Shit-You-Not


It's Not Like What You See On TV! -15 People Reveal Behind The Scenes Secrets From Reality Shows




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2.A Few Insider Facts

I used to work in reality TV:
•    Almost everything is planned ahead of time, TV is expensive to make and no one has the time or money to make an entire show of real moments
•    Some shows are more "real" than others. Cop follow shows are usually pretty authentic. Anything with celebrities is probably all fake.
•    Most dramatic phone conversations are fake (I did voice over once as a nurse calling with bad news)
•    If you want a free wedding sign up for a wedding show with a host. They have a reputation to uphold so they are invested in giving you a good event and you could get a lot of free stuff out of it.
-Nodramaman


A Few Insider Facts-15 People Reveal Behind The Scenes Secrets From Reality Shows



3.So House Hunters Is A Lie?

Met someone on a plane once who was on House Hunters. After she purchased her new house, the show came and taped her viewing that house. Then they took her to two other houses to make it seem like she was going to pick between the three. In reality, she had bought a house before they even taped the show.
-hopeuci


So House Hunters Is A Lie?-15 People Reveal Behind The Scenes Secrets From Reality Shows




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4.This 'Cake Boss' Secret

I have been to Carlo's Bakery (the bakery from cake boss). While there we learned that the "wedding" they were filming in Italy was completely faked, and they never actually got married. Kind of ruined the whole experience for me.
-Sowrongwithmylife


This 'Cake Boss' Secret-15 People Reveal Behind The Scenes Secrets From Reality Shows



5.Reality TV Shows Are Staged Most Of The Times

Haven't been on a show, but worked in TV. LIGHTING. Lighting takes forever. There are literally hours between takes. If there aren't then the lighting was setup beforehand. That means that the "stars" have to stand in a very specific location during those "impromptu" scenes. They aren't impromptu at all. I saw one episode of the Bachelor where the couple decided to make out/fuck in the shower. It was one of those tub showers with the curtain. Well the curtain was a translucent white with a purple tinted light behind so that the silhouettes could be seen in the act. This was the worst example of a staged scene I have ever seen in a reality show.
-threeironteeshot


Reality TV Shows Are Staged Most Of The Times-15 People Reveal Behind The Scenes Secrets From Reality Shows




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6.They Aren't Real At All

My family was on the food network for our restaurant once. Pretty much the entire process is fake. The producers faked scenarios so that there could be more drama and suspense in the episode. Even the portrayal of one "day" was actually spaced weeks apart, having my family members come dressed in the same outfit so that it seemed it was all in the same day.
-dbh42


They Aren't Real At All-15 People Reveal Behind The Scenes Secrets From Reality Shows



7.And The Positives Of Being On A Reality TV Show!

I was on the reality tv show wife swap almost 5 years ago. I was 11 at the time and my mom got switched to Arizona. Anyway there are really no behind the scene secrets, most of it is manipulated in editing to make things more dramatic and twist our words around. But a behind the scene thing that is awesome is they buy you pretty much any food you want xD
-lifetimelead


And The Positives Of Being On A Reality TV Show! -15 People Reveal Behind The Scenes Secrets From Reality Shows




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8.Try Not To Laugh

My Uncle played a 'Local Native American Historian' on SyFy's Ghost Mine....He didn't know shit about the Native Americans of that area and only lived around there for about 8 years. He just passed away but our family got a hoot out of seeing him bullshit through some TV.


Try Not To Laugh-15 People Reveal Behind The Scenes Secrets From Reality Shows



9.Words From A Reality TV Professional

I've worked for years in Reality tv as a production assistant and now an associate producer. I've spent a lot of time in the field as well as in post.
Things are edited more than you'd imagine. I'll search through hours and hours of footage for a sentence to fit our need.
There's a term called a frankenbite where you take two sentences and splice them together. It's usually his by showing the other person in conversation or a b roll shot.
All shows and production companies are different so I can only speak for my experiences.
-DrKillFactory


Words From A Reality TV Professional -15 People Reveal Behind The Scenes Secrets From Reality Shows



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10.The Truth Behind the Talent Show Auditions

I auditioned for The Voice last year and it is a horribly long process. I was at the audition site for more than 5 hours. But the strangest part is that they put you into rooms by genre, even if you don't sing that genre. So an incredibly talented "pop" singer won't get in because they were placed in a "country" genre room. It's pretty odd.


The Truth Behind the Talent Show Auditions-15 People Reveal Behind The Scenes Secrets From Reality Shows

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11.So Beware Of The Reality TV Editors?

Approximately 80% of reality shows are made in post production. Entire story lines are created literally from found footage mixed with what is called "frankenbites." Which is where interview lines are created from pieces of a bunch of different interviews, so we can make anyone say anything we want. Also, little fun fact, if a cast member is a dick to the field producers while shooting, the editors will back up their team, and make that cast member look worse when it comes to editing. SOURCE: I'm a reality TV editor.
-Cigarettiquette


So Beware Of The Reality TV Editors?-15 People Reveal Behind The Scenes Secrets From Reality Shows




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12.The Truth Behind 'Paranormal State'

My family was the subject of an episode of Paranormal State on A&E. Although the paranormal stuff they captured all really happened, everything was put out of order and was heavily edited to make it more dramatic than it actually was. They pretty much made my family seem completely crazy (which we're not) by filming us without our knowing and dubbing certain scenes with different audio. All in all, it was an interesting experience but I'm not sure if I would want to do something like it again.
-nardhipples


The Truth Behind 'Paranormal State' -15 People Reveal Behind The Scenes Secrets From Reality Shows



13.Judges Aren't The Decision Makers

My cousin went on Canadian Idol, went all the way to the celebrity judges. The Judges liked her but the producers changed their minds. She didn't get to go on the show.
Talk about a letdown.
-udingleberry


Judges Aren't The Decision Makers -15 People Reveal Behind The Scenes Secrets From Reality Shows



14.That's How the Kardashians Do It

The Kardashians film at a restaurant I used to work at. There's no reality to it whatsoever.
Their film crew gets there 4 hours early, and they make everyone sign waivers consenting to be on camera. They mic up the immediate wait staff, set up their equipment (boom mics, multiple cameras, lighting, etc.), and post security at the entrances. After that, the "stars" show up, usually about 2-3 hours late, order some food that they don't eat, and then leave 30 minutes later.
It's all coordinated days to weeks in advance with the owner and the GM.
-simpledave


That's How the Kardashians Do It-15 People Reveal Behind The Scenes Secrets From Reality Shows



15.The Voting Thing Seems To Be Fake Too

My friends were on a reality competition that airs all summer long. You can call in and vote. None of that voting matters, they learned. It's all predetermined. They didn't win but it was fun for them!
-death_style


The Voting Thing Seems To Be Fake Too -15 People Reveal Behind The Scenes Secrets From Reality Shows



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