Reality TV Reality

Of all the “reality” television options, we watch The Amazing Race and American Idol.

I love to travel and have been to some incredible locations like New Zealand, Switzerland, Italy, and Ireland. I get a charge out of seeing places I have been as they appear on The Amazing Race. That connection makes it “real” for me.

Dave and I watch together and will discuss which tasks we will or will not do. Eat gross food, search for needles in haystacks, jump off bridges, etc. Which is hilarious when you consider that he will not get on an airplane.

Our other reality show vice is American Idol. We’ve watched every season since the finale of Season One. I was so impressed with Kelly Clarkson when they announced her victory. She sang, she cried, she glowed. I hadn’t seen a single weekly episode, but she gave the show credence, so we watched the following season…and every one since then.

The reason this topic is top of mind is because we saw Scotty McCreery, AI 10th season winner, in concert Friday night here in DeKalb. It was great to see a national act sell out our beautifully restored Egyptian Theater.

A few years ago, at the last minute, we decided to go see Daughtry at the Rockford Metro Centre (or BMO, if you’re looking for accuracy instead of nostalgia). We had front row seats! Chris Daughtry placed 4th in Season 5. I don’t know what America was thinking.

There have been a couple of contestants that we rooted for because we had seen them play live locally. Gina Glocksen, 9th place Season 6, made it the furthest.

But my FAVORITE Reality TV Reality moment was in the DeKalb Wal-Mart parking lot…where Idol Season 3 contestants, #10, Amy Adams, and #7 JENNIFER HUDSON, sang live. On a makeshift stage. In the parking lot. At a Wal-Mart. In DeKalb, IL.

Ah, good times.

What brushes with “reality” television have you had?
Would you consider being ON a show?!
Do share!




About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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