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15 key differences between reality TV in Ireland and reality TV in America

We just do things differently.

1. Let’s start with Jersey Shore – where the collective tactic to resolve disputes was a trash-talking fist fight after the nightclub


2. Alternatively in Tallafornia, roaring matches took place in taxis packed full of Tesco Value eggs

Source: tvtallafornia/YouTube

“It’s only five eggs per bloke per day.”

Not a fist raised in anger over the eggs, either.

3. Contestants on dating shows in the States tend to have a not-so-subtle approach to things – often expressing themselves like this lad


4. While in Ireland, the comments are a lot less brazen

supermacsgalway Source: RTE

Nobody on a dating show in the States would ever make such an audacious comparison.

5. American reality shows often have some serious celebrity clout leading the way – sure Donald Trump has gone on to become the Republican Presidential candidate after hosting The US Apprentice

original Source: NBC

6. The biggest name to come out of our Apprentice was yer man Breffny

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7. In fairness to to the US, they’ve discovered a fair amount of talent on their singing shows


Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood – they’ve produced some big names alright.

8. Ireland haven’t been as successful on the international stage, understandably enough

mickey Source: Niall Carson/PA Archive

Source: Ashleigh3070/YouTube

9. The earliest controversy to hit American reality TV was this heated argument from The Real World

Source: Antawn Wilson/YouTube

10. While we had Nadine’s passport-gate here

passport Source: RTE

The first has been dubbed The Slap Heard Around The World thanks to the agenda-setting commotion it caused… whereas Nadine’s passport lie is mostly brought up in Ireland so people can do the gas impression.

“I would be… 16. Naw, I gave the wrooong date of birth.”

11. The most intense our sports reality shows ever get is Celebrity Bainisteoir on RTÉ

brianpippa Source: Rte

^That’s the kind of brooding intensity you witness around the dressing room.

12. While those lads across the Atlantic have sh*t like this on the regular

the-ultimate-fighter-17-cast-featured Source: Fightinginsider

13. Semi-reality shows like The Hills were scripted fairly well – feel the drama here


14. While the most iconic moment Fade Street could provide was Paul from Wexford bursting dramatically into Oxegyn shouting “f**k off”

wexford Source: YouTube

15. What they have in glamour, we more than make up for in unintentional, grinding awkwardness

CgmKLJwW0AAWg2v Source: RTÉ

Never change, the pair of you <3

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David Elkin

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