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The ultimate reality TV prize

2012-09-11 14:34
If you took part in a reality TV competition, what would you most like to win? A million bucks, an exotic holiday, a fancy car (to keep)?

It turns out that even if you are promised extravagant prizes such as these, you probably won't get what you bargained for. Not in SA, anyway.

Our lovely new columnist, Tashi Tagg, cottoned onto a trend in the prizes that SA reality TV shows give away. Borrowed cars, loaned restaurants and bottom-of-the-range gear: Why are we being short-changed, especially when you look at what overseas shows are gifting viewers, nevermind winners?!

Read her revealing column here.

It's all good and well for Survivor and Big Brother contestants to win big wads of cash, but just under half of it goes to the tax man.

And then there's Idols. Besides the physical prizes, what measures are taken to help these artists form a career, not just one hit track? Surely mentorship and guidance is more valuable than a R4000 guitar?

If I had to choose one reality show to enter, it would probably be Come Dine With Me. The R10 000 is a bit measly but it's a week of free eating and drinking and looks like a ton of fun. Season 2 of Come Dine With Me South Africa starts on BBC Entertainment on Monday 24 September.

Are you a fan of reality TV? Write to us and tell us what you think the winner of your favourite shows should walk away with. Let your imagination run wild. E-mail your ideas to and you could be published.

Here's to real TV and real prizes,

Local is very lekker!

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