Why are we so upset when our favorite contestants leave Bake Off, I’m A Celebrity, and Strictly Come Dancing?
‘The elimination of a number of contestants has caused fans to lose faith in their favorite show.’
Jürgen Krauss’ departure from Bake Off on Wednesday evening sparked such outrage among long-time fans that they vowed to boycott the finale.
With his native German bakes and a softly spoken humility, the 56-year-old IT professional from Brighton won the hearts and minds of viewers, earning him the nickname “the Black Forest’s teddy bear” from one fan.
Despite winning the technical challenge to create the best Breton tart, Mr Krauss was unable to advance to the final.
While he is far from the first reality TV contestant to be booted early, he is one of a number of contestants whose dismissal has sparked such outrage that fans have lost faith in the show.
Whether it’s Lucy Jones losing out to Jedward in the X Factor, Lynne Moncrieff losing out in Celebrity Big Brother 3 because his housemates plotted to vote him out because he was the most popular contestant, or Adam Peaty losing out by just one point to BBC presenter Dan Walker on Strictly earlier this month, there’s a commonality in the pangs of frustration when it comes to big talents missing out.
So, what makes us tick, and why do we get so attached to certain contestants succeeding? According to reality TV executive Andrea Hamilton, the key to eliciting an audience’s emotional investment begins with choosing the right contestants.
After 15 years of competition formats and 21 series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, producers are “very savvy about what makes a great cast.”
“We all see ourselves in television characters, and that’s the casting strategy.”
Ms Hamilton, who now produces BBC1’s Little Mix The Search, told me, “We need characters who connect.”
“We’re all familiar with the challenges of learning something new, or nailing or failing at a skill we already have.
“Viewers enjoy connecting with people who are ‘like them,’ as well as being introduced to new worlds,” she continued.
While some fans have screamed “fix” when some of their favorite contestants have been eliminated, the reality of determining who will be eliminated is a little more complicated.
Producers have no idea who it is in reality.
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Why are we so enraged when our favorite contestants leave Bake Off, I’m A Celebrity, and Strictly Come Dancing?
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