Reality television grew in leaps and bounds in the last 15 years. It has created its own brand of audience and its own brand of “slice of life” celebrities.
Since these shows are grounded on “reality,” unexpected moments are almost always a mainstay in any reality tv show.
In this article, you will find out the 15 most shocking reality tv moments. Read on and hold on to your seats!
15. Top Chef Contestant Shave Their Hair
Top Chef from Bravo Channel has been credited as THE training ground of the most promising kitchen connoisseurs in recent years. However, things turned nasty and totally unexpected when Season 2 contestants Ilan Hall and Elia Aboumrad decided to shave their hair completely and turned on the other contestants to do the same. Result? Both Hall and Aboumrad were expelled from the show.
14. When reality couples decide to call it quits
Reality tv was born in 1973 with a show called “An American Family” – which shows the real-life struggles of a middle class American couple and their grown-up children. It was a very interesting show because it was way ahead of its time. It got more interesting when the matriarch of the family, Patricia Loud, in national television, asked for a divorce from her husband William after 21 years of marriage. The disintegration of the family was beamed live and in living color for all America to witness.
13. When the host and the contestant fight
In the 2005 season of “America’s Next Top Model” hosted by no less than supermodel Tyra Banks, a very interesting moment occurred when Banks lost her cool to cowardly model wannabe Tiffany Richardson for bulking and sulking through the competition. What’s even more interesting is that Richardson fired back a tirade of words against Banks and a shouting match ensued – a great reality tv moment for the show’s fans.
12. When contestants are made to drink urine and semen
In the 2011-2012 season of Fear Factor, the remaining contestants were made to drink donkey juice- urine and semen, that is. What’s even more interesting was that some contestants DID DRINK the donkey juice to stay on the show and have a chance in claiming the top prize!
11. When Romeo changes his choice
In the 13th season of The Bachelor, Jason Mesnick initially chose Melissa Rycroft in the season finale. But after the show’s epilogue segment entitled After The Final Rose, Mesnick changed his mind and chose Molly Malaney, therefore dumping Rycroft on national television. All’s well that ends well, though as Mesnick and Malaney are now happily married with kids – as is Rycroft to her husband Tye Strickland.
10. When somebody collapses on the show
In Season 4 of America’s Next Top Model, contestant Rebecca Epley suddenly collapsed in front of the other contestants and the panel of judges. Everyone was shocked and could not move. It turned out that Epley had a pre-existing condition of hormonal imbalance which affected her sense of balance and wakefulness.
9. When FAKE tv trumps reality tv
Everyone thought that reality tv hit show The Hills was unscripted and a real “slice of life” drama. It turns out that the show was actually scripted and all”real” events that unfolded on tv throughout the entire season were fake and scripted. Here’s a classic case of reality tv, or what seemed to be reality tv, jumping its gun on its viewers.