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10 Secrets of Filming Reality TV Shows


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Beware of Tricks
And just in case sequestration isn’t enough to bring on the drama, there's always plenty of liquor available on "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette". Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images
And just in case sequestration isn’t enough to bring on the drama, there's always plenty of liquor available on "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette". Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images

So maybe the producers will make you look like a schemer, when you're really a nice person. What other tricks do they have up their sleeves? More than you probably imagine. One former producer of "The Bachelor" told The New Yorker that her job was to get jilted contestants to cry. To achieve this, she'd tell women who were about to be dumped that they were actually going to receive a proposal. Later, after they'd gotten the boot and were, naturally, stunned, she'd join them in the limousine that carried away dumped contestants and start crying at the women's disappointment (thanks to dabbing a cut lemon or jalapeño in her eye to help produce real tears), which often caused the women to start sobbing, too.

A 2008 contestant of the Australian version of "The Biggest Loser" told News.com.au that during the taping of his series, there were no weekly weigh-ins as the show portrayed on television. Instead, contestants dieted and worked out anywhere from 16 to 25 days before being weighed in, although they had to state for the cameras when they stood on the scale (a fake scale, no less) that they'd worked "really hard that week."

Perhaps the worst trick employed by reality show producers is something they call frankenbiting. That's when producers pull bits and pieces from one person's conversations and edit them together to create a new, totally false, sentence or sentences. You can tell this may be happening when a contestant is talking directly to the camera, but then the camera cuts to someone or something else while you still hear her speaking [source: Crouch].