to watch TV these days without seeing reality shows. Some nights, it's
hard to find a scripted drama to watch. There are so many
different kinds of reality shows, too. The most popular one in the U.S. has been
the "American Idol" show. This is a singing competition where amateurs
try to impress the judges and the audience calls in to vote off a
contestant each week. The last person left standing gets a recording
contract. I think many countries now have a reality show like this. This show
starts its fourth season this year and I think it'll be more popular then ever.
Another popular reality show is "Big Brother."
In this show, a group of people live together in the same house for about 15
weeks. They're not allowed to leave and they can't have visitors. The people
chosen to live in the house are usually very different. This way, there is sure
to be a lot of conflict. Some people form alliances and other
people try to go it alone. The contestants compete in games and each
week, the other contestants vote off one person from the show. Why would anyone
want to be on "Big Brother?" The answer is easy: money. The last
person remaining gets a huge prize-in the U.S. show, a half a million
dollars. Even I'd live in a house full of strangers for that kind of cash .
Script by Dr. Lucy Tse