Reality TV Show English 2 (ENGL 0205)Assignment 1: Comparison Essay Daniel Yap Chung Kiat 0309100
Television is a technology product that can be almost found in every housein twenty one century. Why is it so important? It is because television has become a mainsource of entertainment. People can watch many television programmes through it suchas drama series, reality TV show and etc. Today, let us discuss about one genre oftelevision programme— reality TV shows. By definition, “Reality TV is essentiallyunscripted programming that doesn’t employ actors and focus on footage of real eventsor situations.” (Metz, 2007) In the other words, reality TV is “A type of televisionprogramming which aims to show how ordinary people behave in everyday life, or insituations, often created by the programme makers, which are intended to representeveryday life.”(HarperCollins publishers, 1995) The reality TV shows are whether shootsin front of a live studio audience that participate in the show, shoot using hidden camera,or just shoot at scene the where participants compete. These reality shows often use ahost to run the show or set the stage of events that are about to unfold. Some of the realityTV shows award the winners a prize which can attract more participants. “Top Chef”,“The X Factor” and “Fear Factor” are the examples of reality TV shows that award thewinner with prizes. Today, I would like to discuss about two reality TV shows, which are “Top Chef”and “The X Factor”. Firstly, I would like to talk about “Top Chef”. It is an American TVprogramme that shows about the competition between the chefs. The participants have tomake the judges satisfied with the food they prepared to proceed to the next level. Thechef who wins in the final will be awarded a prize and gain the title of “Top Chef”. In theother hand, “The X Factor” is a British Television programme that shows about the
competition between people who likes to sing. The contestants are selected through theproducers’ audition. They have to use their singing technique to conquer the judges toproceed to the next level. The winner of the finalist will be awarded with a recordingcontract with Syco Music, in association with Sony Music. The common part of these two reality TV shows is starting with a host whointroduce the competition. The plot between two competitions is different. For “TheChef”, firstly, the host introduce the rule of the competition and said that the competitorsare divided in few groups. Each group will be assigned with different materials for thefood preparation. After that, the scene in the “Top Chef’s Kitchen” has been taken. Thereare two challenges before they can make to final, “Quickfire Challenge” and“Elimination Challenge”. During the challenges, there are different types of materialsselection. At the challenges, the competitors are first to introduce themselves to judges.After the introduction, the judges will introduce the materials and let the competitors tochoose, prepare and cook in a limited time. After the time ends up, the competitors areasked to stop all their works no matter they finish them or not. The competitors are divedinto few sections to present their food. After tasting the food, three of the judges willdecide who is going to proceed to the next level by giving them a blue chef coat. Forthose who failed to prepare the food, they are whether asked to leave or compete onceagain. The competitors who win the final challenge will be granted with cash money andthe title “Top Chef”. The plot of “The X Factor” is different from “The Chef”. Thecontestants have to go through four stages before they can proceed to the final, which is alive show. At first, as I have mentioned before, the contestants have to go through theproducers’ auditions to enter the judges’ audition. These auditions decide who will sing
in front of the judges. After the judges’ auditions, there will be a Bootcamp stage, aJudges’ houses stage and finally live shows. For those who succeed in the finalist will beawarded with a recording contract with the well-known music company as I mentionedbefore. Besides the plot, both reality TV shows also have difference in the characteristics.The first one is the genre of the reality TV shows. Although both reality TV shows arecompetition type, “Top Chef” is about cooking while “The X Factor” is about singing.The producer(s), broadcasting channel and the number of episodes are also different. Theproducers of “The Chef” are Tiger Aspect USA and Magical Elves Productions. Thebroadcasting channel of “The Chef” is Bravo TV and the number of episodes is hundredand thirty six. The producers of “The X Factor” are FremantleMedia’s Thames andSYCOtv. This programme is broadcasted in ITV and has two hundred and forty fiveepisodes. There are also different in the prizes that awarded to the winner but the prizesvary as time goes by. Both of the reality TV shows are originated from different countries. Origin of the“Top Chef” is United State while “The X Factor” is originated from United Kingdom.Besides that, the running time of the both shows is also different. “Top Chef” is sixtyminutes per episode and “The X Factor” is forty five to hundred and ten minutes perepisode. The “Top Chef” started since 8 of March 2006 and “The X Factor” started in 4of September 2004. Furthermore, the running time of “Top Chef” and “The X Factor” arealso different which are sixty minutes and forty five to hundred and ten minutesrespectively.
In a nutshell, as the public stage or media, it is good chance to let the contestant togain experience and a time to let them practise to perfect. These reality TV shows are notonly interesting, but also educate the audience.Reference List: 1. HarperCollins Publishers, 1995. http://dictionary.reverso.net/english- cobuild/reality%20tv 2. Metz, 2007. How Reality TV Works. http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/reality- tv.htm 3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFmvIR0yNoY