I Must Confess…My Reality TV Addictions

Are you ready and raring to make your confession this week? I sure hope so because I’m ready as usual to read them!

For those who may be new to the blog, every Monday I invite people to link up a confession as part of I Must Confess. It can be an old or a new post and it can be about anything, as long as it relates to a confession of some kind.

If you happen to be stuck for ideas, don’t worry, as I also set a weekly prompt to help you out. Feel free to go with the prompt or make a confession of your own – it’s all good!

This week’s prompt asks us to confess if we are reality TV fans and, if so, what is our reality TV of choice.

I confess that I like WAY too many. I like so many that I have had to be ruthless in putting together a top 5 list for the purposes of today’s post!


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My love affair with reality TV is long standing – I have loved the genre since reality TV broke into our collective consciousness in the late 90’s. I vividly remember the first series of Big Brother. I sat glued to two seasons of Popstars (anyone remember that one?) and I jumped on the Survivor bandwagon early too – I even watched the dodgy Australian version…

Over the years, as the genre has exploded, I have become more selective in the shows that I watch. I’d like to think that’s due to me becoming more sophisticated in my tastes but it’s more likely due to the fact that it is impossible to keep up with them all anymore!

Of the sub-genres within reality TV, I love renovation and lifestyle shows most of all. I can’t enough of shows like The Block, Grand Designs, Location, Location, Location and  Property Ladder. My husband and I could spend every evening watching these sorts of shows – maybe it’s because we like the idea of experiencing renovation vicariously through others?

I also like challenge reality  TV, shows that put ordinary people into extraordinary situations, like Survivor, The Apprentice and The Amazing Race. Gimmicky reality TV can also be a lot of fun – I must confess I look forward to Beauty and the Geek every year – it’s my annual my guilty pleasure!

I can take or leave most cooking shows (although I have to confess to a soft spot for My Kitchen Rules, much to my husband’s disgust) and I’m not really a fan of talent shows either (except for Eurovision – which, strictly speaking isn’t a talent show at all ;))

As for the rest of the reality genre, I can’t say I’ve ever set my DVR to record Highway Patrol or Bondi Vet or Being Lara Bingle – I do have some standards, you know… 🙂

For the record, my top 5 reality TV shows would look a little like this:

5. Survivor

Such a ground breaking concept and still going strong 13 years on. Plus there’s Jeff Probst in khaki…

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4. The Amazing Race

There is not much more entertaining than ignorant Americans running riot around the globe, is there?


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3. Grand Designs

I love the amazing designs and the grandeur and the vision of each project – so inspiring.


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2. Beauty and the Geek

This is a real guilty pleasure for me – obviously I have a soft spot for geeks (hey, I married one!) and, as you can see below, every year the makeovers are unbelievable!


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1. The Block 

I think The Block has to be my all-time favourite. I was glued to the TV for the first 2 seasons and have enjoyed the newer series as well. I’m currently getting sucked into The Block: Sky High – I just can’t help myself…

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So, now I’m done confessing, what are you going to own up to this week? Remember, the linkup is live all week and you can confess to something old or new – take it from me, you will feel better for getting it off your chest!

The Rules…

I must confess with My Home Truths

– I Must Confess is a link up that runs every Monday and remains live for the whole week.

– You can link up something old or new, we’re not fussy around here.

– Feel free to go with the prompt for the week or add your own confession, whatever suits.

– Please go forth and share the comment love – it is bloggy crack after all!


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19 Responses

  1. Janet says:

    Like you, I’m a Big Brother junkie from way back, and loved the first series of Popstars. Gone off all the reality shows a bit lately, as I feel they’re too much about the dramas and making a “show” of things than reality.

    However having said that I sat down and watched both The Block AND House Rules last week and yes, I think it’s safe to say I’m addicted … 😉
    Janet recently posted..A Wee Story

    • Kirsty says:

      Janet, I loved your confession this week – absolute gold! And I don’t watch everything now but I have been sucked in by The Block, especially the reveal shows!

  2. Rita says:

    I’m not really into reality TV but for some reasons this year I started to watch The Voice. And, then went overseas and I’m missing it…
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    • Kirsty says:

      I’ve caught The Voice a few times and I don’t mind it when I see it but it’s not a must watch for me. Certainly my husband is not a fan, which matters when we come to sit down to watch something together!

  3. Lisa says:

    Hi Kirsty I had forgotten about Grand Designs! Love it. I don’t watch Beauty and the Geek-too much cringe factor for me!

    • Kirsty says:

      Grand Designs is awesome – it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve seen an episode, it’s still riveting to watch!

  4. I don’t watch TV, reality or otherwise! It’s the only way I can fit so much in to my day. Of course the LB Diaries don’t count…do they? That was research & development for a vlog I want to do.
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    • Kirsty says:

      I must confess that I watch way too much TV and that I would be far more productive if I turned it off once in a while! BTW the LBD counts – such an awesome web series!

  5. Tegan says:

    I used to love Survivor but now I think there has just been too many seasons and the suspense of it all has gone to the wayside.
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    • Kirsty says:

      I have stopped watching Survivor over the last few years too but it really was a much watch for me in it’s early days. Such an amazing concept when it first came along – absolutely riveting!

  6. Zita says:

    I used to love some of these shows that you have listed! Amazing Race and Survivor used to be amongst my faves but when the series just keep going and going and going, (what are we up to know Survivor 20?!) I tend to lose interest as I feel like it’s the same thing, different crazy Americans! Can’t say I’ve ever seen Grand Designs but I am partial to a good makeover, before and after show!
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    • Kirsty says:

      I don’t watch Survivor as much now as it is getting a little old but it was such a pioneering show when it first began. I really enjoying before and after shows too – probably explains my current fixation on The Block!

  7. Ness says:

    You really are quite the reality TV junkie, aren’t you? I don’t really watch any of those shows. I did watch the entire season of Big Brother last year, at which point I’m sure I lost my one remaining brain cell. And lost hours of my life I’ll never get back. But that’s what bogans do.

    Haven’t had a chance to write a post. Pesky real life interfering with blogging. Hmph. My brother had a car accident and is in hospital and in between that and us all having colds, have not spent as much time online. My Mum is going into hospital next week too, so might be out of action for another week. 🙁

    • Kirsty says:

      I haven’t watched Big Brother for quite some time now as it no longer interests me – I was actually really surprised when they brought it back.

      Sorry to hear about everything that is going on for you at the moment. Take care and don’t forget to look after yourself as well. I’ll still be here, glued to my telly when you get back into the swing of things!

  8. Jen B Hale says:

    I love The Block as well. I was soooo excited when I got a tweet on the screen. The Amazing Race is also fun to watch. Where would we be without reality TV??
    Me…I’m also a sucker for the singing and dance shows. I laugh, I cry and I celebrate with them!

    • Kirsty says:

      Good on you for getting a tweet on the screen – that’s awesome! I will always have a soft spot for reality TV – it’s just a great escape from the reality of my own existence… 🙂

  9. Shari says:

    LOL LOL LOL this is possibly the first confession where you haven’t been inside my head, Kirsty!! LOL You are MUCH classier than me, we’ve been watching Pawn Stars, Hard Core Pawn – love both – but I walk away when dearest turns on Rat Bastards!
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