Reality TV: What motivates candidates?

There are no more programs of this type on our television screens. We asked a psychologist to explain what drives so many young people to try the adventure of reality TV.

In 1999, a new concept titled "Big Brother" arrives on the Dutch TV screens. His name, the show pulls from 1984, George Orwell's novel that portrays a society where everyone is watching everyone. In the early 2000s, a French production company adapted the concept by creating Loft Story, the first true French reality show. The principle of the show? Follow the daily life of anonymous locked in a loft full of cameras and without any contact with the outside. Since then, the concept has been emulated. Secret story, the angels of reality TV, love is in the meadow ... We do not count anymore the programs that stage unknowns.

Reality TV: Candidates in Search of Celebrity, Really?

Being recognized on the street, having more follower and a notoriety on social networks ... the desire to be famous is inevitably part of the engines of candidates to participate in this kind of programs. But how to explain such a desire for recognition? For Sandra Fingerhut, psychologist, this is easily explained: "There is a quest for notoriety called easy, in the sense that there is no need to be endowed with special abilities. This is a simple exhibition. ... IThey are recruited according to their physical criteria or their temperament and need this notoriety to feel better, boost their self-confidence"Winner of the first edition of Loft Story, Loana was part of a first generation of candidates:"Personally, I was not looking for celebrity because I did not know what was going to happen after ... The only lack at that time was the fact that I was single”.

For the psychologist, there is no question of imagining that the candidates would all seek to fill a gap (of love, of self-confidence, of recognition ...), because these problems could equally well apply to the entire population.

The motivations of young people who are candidates would be more pragmatic: the attraction for the audiovisual world, the desire to break the routine of everyday life by living an original experience, the idea of ​​seizing the opportunity to to make oneself known then to rebound in a sector considered more "glamorous": "Some of them do not necessarily feel capable of long studies, and privilege ease by entering directly into the community and making contacts"Says the psychologist.

Internet culture also has a great influence on their choices. On the social networks, we do not count the ex-candidates who display a luxury lifestyle, and their influence on the younger generation is becoming stronger: "This image conveyed by these Instagram accounts, it makes dream and gives them the impression that they manage to get into it. For them, it's a fantasy to be brought to live all that. And that makes them want to become actors in their turn, and no longer spectators"decrypts the psychologist.

To work ? Out of the question !

Sandra Fingerhut also recalls that the vast majority of young people who want to integrate this kind of show are mostly in transition age, also called "young people". They are therefore returning to adulthood and it is sometimes difficult for some to enter the world of work. And find the motivation to do it. "We often have trouble finding our way, the work is scary and not dreamingShe explains.

Life after reality TV: how to deal with criticism?

During the show, candidates who are very adventurous sometimes have no way of knowing their reputations outside. They are adulated by some and criticized by others, a phenomenon amplified by social networks. For the psychologist, there is a kind of disillusionment at the end of the game or after the broadcast of the program. For if a singer will be criticized for a song, a director for his film, the reality TV candidate will be criticized for what he has shown him, and nothing else. "This is lived with a lot of violence"Guaranteed Sandra Fingerhut. "And obviously, it is a big void for them when the notoriety is not at the rendezvous. In general, those who do best are those who, before entering, had already planned a professional project.”

Reality TV: a new job?

The reality TV candidates have made a real business. The ex-lofteuse reacts: "It's great to have made their image on social networks a job, but their role on TV, it's crazy! Everything is calculated and reflected in advance ... They play a role, and set a bad example for young viewers watching them”.

Strass, sequins and instagrammable life ... Today, making reality TV has become, according to Loana, a way to make the buzz: "At the time, we had just made this show in delirium to have a good time with friends of our age. For them, it's lucrative for us, it was festive". An opinion shared by Sandra Fingerhut who analyzes this type of behavior "Maybe this generation has this detachment of oneself because of the numerous programs that followed"The reality TV of before is not the one of today.

So hard is the night, so tender is the life of Loana / Plon Edition

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