Last night I settled in my couch in front of the TV for a dose of my favourite reality show. My viewing of reality shows has diminished as I become fatigued with the exaggerations and the “true-life” drama that is played out in front of the camera. I often wonder how many of those incidents are exaggerated or artificially created. Survivor I no longer watch: I used to enjoy watching the challenges but the constant sniping and back-stabbing irritated me. Big Brother I watched once and never tuned to again. American Idol I have followed but am not saddened if I miss an episode, or switch on late. The last season of Do You Think You Can Dance I did not watch in its entirety: the egos seem to grow every year and there do seem to be better things to watch on TV.
But Dancing with the Stars is a reality show that I never tire of. I enjoy the music, the dancing, and the glamour. The interactions of the judges never crosses the bounds: though the reaction of Maksim Chmerkovskiy to judges comments is at times extremely disrespectful. On the whole the participants do show respect for one another and, even though it is a competition, pettiness never seems to be a part of the equation.
Last night I knew that we were in for a treat: and I was not disappointed. I enjoyed seeing my favourites dance again: Helio Castroneves, Apolo Anton Ohno, Gilles Marini and Shawn Johnston. I enjoyed watching the choreography created by the professional dancers, and the flamboyant costumes worn by the dancers. The music carried me away; and I watched the screen with a smile on my face.
The evening ended with me feeling happy: no tension caused by listening to people argue and snipe at one another; only a fervent wish that one of my favourites will not be eliminated.
Do you watch DWTS? Which reality show do you enjoy watching?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012