Jordy Najera, Reporter
Even if you don't watch them, reality shows make it into everyone's lives, either through pictures, clips or by actually being a viewer of the show. Reality shows have gone through a series of changes since the first one, Nummer 28. It seems like now it's important to keep up with the lives of a celebrity on a daily basis. Since reality shows have grown in popularity, people can now choose whether they want to enjoy the drama in Spanish or English. Even though some reality shows look and have a similar process, they are not exactly the same. Here at the top American and Latino reality show differences and similarities.
1. America’s Next Top Model vs. Nuestra Belleza Latina
Beauty pageants are extremely popular when it comes to reality shows. Even when the show is all about having the perfect body and beauty, America's Next Top Model and Nuestra Belleza Latina have really different ways to choosing the winner. In America's Next Top Model the contestants are taught how to be models. They are also required to do really creative photoshoots, for example, taking pictures with animals, becoming human barbies and being in the air pictures. In America's Next Top Model, women and men can compete. On the other hand, Nuestra Belleza Latina is only open for Latina women. In Nuestra Belleza Latina, they are not only taught how to be models but they are also required to know how to act and communicate. The challenges they have to face are way more extreme than America's Next Top Models. Some of the challenges are doing a runway in an artificial hurricanes, in a moving floors and making live commercials with the animals that they fear the most. Both reality shows eliminate a contestant every episode, the difference is that in Nuestra Belleza Latina the audience chooses who they want to eliminate while in America's Next Top Model they judgest choose who leaves.
2. Big Brother vs. Gran Hermano
Even when both reality shows share the name, one in Spanish and one in English, they have some differences. Both shows have been highly successful, Big Brother being in its upcoming 12th season and Gran Hermano being in its 10th season in Spain and 1 season in US Spanish TV. Big Brother and Gran Hermano make people live together in a house with a lot of high-definition cameras and microphones. They are recorded 24 hours leaving them with no privacy whats so ever. Each episode the contestants get to choose who they want to eliminate and the audience chooses who's gone. Both reality shows seem to have the most complex and sketchy contracts to participate. Big Brothers contract highlight the idea of every contestant being owned by the company during and after their stay in the house. They have other major rules like testing all contestant for HIV but not letting them know if any if them has it, so having sex in the house is a risk they take. Also, all contestants know that the footage the cameras capture are owned by the producers which means they can edit or only show the parts that they want, leaving it open for the contestants to be humiliated. Contestants are not allowed to talk about their experience in the house and about the show for 3 years. In the other hand, in Gran Hermano the contestants are not allowed to have any type of sexual contact and if so that is an automatic disqualification. That does not include kissing. Big Brother pays every contestant $750 for every week they are there while Gran Hermano only pays $500. Is the money worth the experience?
3. X Factor vs. La Banda
Just like beauty pageants, singing reality shows are at the top. On September 21, 2011, X Factor was aired for the first time becoming a hit with about 12 million viewers. The X Factor USA was based on X Factor UK. X Factor looked for talented singers from ages 12 and up. To be part of the X Factor you need to sign a contract that many have been against, since they will have all rights to the contestants performances. This means that the performances can be translated into multiple languages. Every contestant, winner or not, have to promote the show for a month with no pay after it ends. La Banda looks for young talents that know how to sing in English and Spanish. La Banda’s first episode had about 2.6 million viewers. It requires all participants to go through a series of auditions before the aired one. After that, they are still required to compete for a place in the competition. The first season of La Banda only allowed male singers to compete, as they tried to form the “Latino One Direction”. La Banda’s upcoming season will allow talented females to compete as well. Both shows were created by the same man, Simon Cowell. Both shows also give the winners a contract with Sony Music and Sony Music Latin. La Banda winner not only get a contract but also get Ricky Martin as their manager.
4. So You Think You Can Dance vs. Mira Quien Baila
So you think you can dance is a reality show competition where dancers compete by dancing different genres of music. They dance is groups, solo, and partners. They are required to do two dance routines for every episode. The audience chooses who they think should stay in the competition and the one with the least votes gets eliminated. In Mira Quien Baila, it's not just about dancing. These are latino celebrities that are competing for the crown. Every contestant is required to do a partner routine, with a professional dancer, and a face to face round, where two of them compete and the loser of the round goes automatically to the Face Off. The Face Off is when two contestants compete for the votes of the audience to get saved and continue in the competition.
5. The Voice vs. La Voz Mexico
These two reality shows are basically the same thing, they both look for new talent and they both have rotating chairs. The process is the same, they have a “blind audience”/ “audiciones a ciegas”. If the coaches rotate the chair that means they want the contestant in their team, if more than one chair is rotated the contestant has to choose who he/she wants to be with. After the start with the “Battles” where the coaches choose what two contestants from there team should compete to stay in the competioon. One of the differences is the way the stories of the contestants are told. In La Voz Mexico, they use the sad parts of all the stories to create a sympathy atmosphere for the contestant, while in The Voice the stories are made way more fun. The winner of both shows get a contract with a music company, but La Voz Mexico winners are never as successful as The Voice winners. Both reality shows also have a competioon for kids.
6. The Real Housewives vs. Rica Famosa Latina
The Real Housewives is an American reality show that is broadcasted on Bravo. They document the lives of important housewives. The Real Housewives has several season in different places throughout the United States. These housewives need to interact with one another, they are followed by several security guards to prevent the physical fights. Rica Famosa Latina documents the life of only latina celebrities. These are novela actresses, singers, models, and business women. These women are not followed by guards because they are allowed to get physical. They also need to interact with one another. They also have several season but the location doesn't change, only the celebrities do. Both reality shows also have a reunion at the end of the season, that always brings that extra drama.
Wether you support them or not, Reality shows have always been the center of controversy. Some say they are not right, others simply enjoy them. However they keep on growing in popularity. “People watch them because of the over exaggerated drama” Said Connor Hill. Reality shows seems to get everyones attention, but not many would have the guts to be part of one. “I would never join a reality show, I don't think I would be able to deal with that drama” said Lauryn Castaneda. Reality shows play an important part in today's society, even though there are no new ones being created they keep on being successful. Reality shows will only get better and better.
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