Ohere now, so much of our entertainment feels orchestrated, reality TV hasn’t always been so streamlined. From memorable catchphrases to touchdowns and tantrums, here are some of the moments from the annals of Australian reality TV history that live in our rent-free heads…sorted.
10. Big Brother (2006): ‘Game on the Molls’
It was 2006 when a then-20-year-old personal assistant and promotional model named Anna Lind-Hansen became an overnight national treasure after uttering the now infamous “game on molls” catchphrase on Big Brother.
Anna, who said her family would describe her as “a psychopathic bitch, a bimbo, a show pony, but deep down a great friend” in her homecoming video, later admitted to having forgotten that she even commented, “I don’t even remember saying it. After I got kicked out, everyone was screaming ‘moll’ and I thought I had done something absolutely terrible.
9. Australian Survivor (2019): family first…unless there are snacks
Nothing says you miss your family and your carbs quite like sobbing into a huge pile of popcorn. Such was the scene staged by Australian Survivor competitor David Genat who, after living on rice and beans for weeks, mercilessly smashed a mound of popcorn during a reward challenge while simultaneously chasing a immunity idol and watching a video message from his family. The self-proclaimed ‘Golden God’ sadly extinguished his torch soon after, but returned a season later in 2020 for Australian Survivor: All Stars and eventually took first place, taking home $500,000.
8. The Bachelorette (2019): Kicking the King of Noosa
Legend has it that you have to kiss a few frogs before you find your prince, but Bachelorette Angie Kent took a different route when she cast the show’s “King of Noosa” Jess Glasgow in 2019.
Glasgow, who was a local councilor at the time, also faced disciplinary proceedings after she was shown making “offensive” comments about the women on the show and pretending to lick Kent. At one point, when another contestant spoke about not trying to kiss Kent, Glasgow said: ‘I would have just grabbed that darling and put one on her… I’ve kissed a lot of girls and they’ve already turn the head. I’m used to it.”
Following his expulsion, Glasgow apologized but refused to resign from his job. In 2020, he failed to be re-elected and lost his seat on the council. In 2021 Glasgow was fined $4,000 by Councilor Driving Court for his behavior on the show, plus a further $1,000 to reimburse Noosa County Council for costs arising from the set of the incident.
Glasgow told a local newspaper he would appeal the fine and argued he was encouraged to behave outgoingly and that the show had been heavily edited, saying “it’s not a real-life script, it’s a managed TV performance.”
7. The Bachelor (2017): the chocolate bath
This moment lives rent-free in the minds of reality TV diehards. Viewers of The Bachelor were bewildered and a little queasy in 2017 when “rope access technician” Richie Strahan enjoyed an intimate and personal bath time with Alex Nation. Incredibly though, the producers chose to forgo the traditional route of hot water and Radox and instead opted for rivers of melted chocolate. The moment was less quaint fairy tale, more food poisoning crime scene. Somehow, soaking in a giant vat resembling fecal matter managed to bring the two together, with Richie declaring his love for Alex in the finale. Unfortunately, the couple broke up just over a year later.
6. Dancing with the Stars (2004): Pauline Hanson
What should a politician do after having his conviction overturned and released from prison? Head to a nationally televised dance floor, of course. After an 11-week stint in jail for a voter fraud conviction that was overturned on appeal in late 2003, One Nation founder Pauline Hanson competed in the first season of Dancing with the Stars in 2004’s finale, losing opposite Bec Hewitt, alumnus of Home & Away. The show’s most memorable moment came early on when hosts Daryl Somers and Sonia Kruger led the audience in a round of applause to celebrate Hanson’s acquittal and release from prison.
5. Australian Idol (2003, 2005, 2006): weight per minute
One of reality TV’s darkest periods came in the early 2000s when Australian Idol judges Ian “Dicko” Dickson and Kyle Sandilands took it upon themselves to comment on the weight of young contestants. It all started in 2003, when Dicko told then-21-year-old Season 1 contestant Paulini Curuenavuli, “You should choose some more appropriate clothes or lose a few pounds.” Then in 2005, Sandilands told 20-year-old Kate DeAraugo that she had “tuckshop lady arms.” The following year, he told Jessica Mauboy, then 16, to “lose the jelly belly.”
DeAraugo later revealed she underwent “full body” liposuction after appearing on the show, while Curuenavuli said she thinks “there’s no way anyone can do that today. ‘today’. In 2016, Dicko told Curuenavuli that his words had been “cruel”, adding: “I was trying to be nice back then, can you believe it, but I’m glad you kept on doing such great things. things.”
4. Big Brother (2004): ‘Free the Refugees’
History was made in 2004 when Merlin Luck used his exit from the Big Brother house to protest the Australian government’s controversial refugee policy. During his deportation, which was broadcast live nationwide, the 24-year-old taped his mouth shut and held up a homemade sign that read “FREE TH REFUGEES” (an “E ” had fallen at some point).
While the moment is now legendary, Luck was initially booed by the audience as host Gretel Killeen rushed to save the day.
Luck continued to advocate for refugee rights after the show, and now works in the tech industry and is married with children. “It’s fair to say that I’m well on my way to becoming a middle-aged business dad — in the best possible way,” he said in 2016.
3. The Bachelor (2018): when the bachelor chose no one
Among the most memorable moments of The Bachelor was the jaw-dropping 2018 finale, when footballer turned lothario Nick “Honey Badger” Cummins decided to skip the show’s entire premise and stay single. During the finale, Cummins told the final two contestants, Sophie Tieman and Brittany Hockley, that he was not ready to commit to a relationship. As Hockley said after her noncommittal breakup, “What a huge waste of time that was.” But luckily, Cummins recently announced that he is expecting his first child with his new partner later this year.
2. Australia’s Next Top Model (2010): And the winner is… not Kelsey
What initially looked like your run-of-the-mill finale quickly turned very awkward in 2010 when Australian Next Top Model host Sarah Murdoch uttered the wrong name.
Initially declaring Kelsey Martinovich as the winner, Murdoch was forced to backtrack moments later and tell the live audience that she broke the bad news and the winner was, in fact, Amanda Ware. Clutching his earpiece and clipboard, Murdoch said, “I feel a little sick about this… Oh my god. I don’t know what to say… It was a complete accident. I’m so sorry, it’s Amanda.
Murdoch blamed the mistake on miscommunication. She left as host and executive producer the following year.
1. Big Brother (2006): the slap (turkey) heard around the world
Big Brother’s turkey smack is a moment that will forever go down in reality TV infamy. In the early hours of 2006, contestants Michael “John” Bric and Michael “Ashley” Cox invited Camilla Severi into their bed. She jumped up saying “you’re not going to slap my turkey, are you?” and “you’re liars, I’m going to hurt you if you do” – before Bric holds her down and Cox rubs his penis against her face.
“I was slapped! Severi shouted to the other roommates.
Shortly after the incident, Severi described it as “just a joke” to Big Brother, saying, “It was something that happened just for fun and I wasn’t offended. as such, but I thought they had gone a bit too far.. But we laughed about it, and as soon as I said ‘Enough’, it stopped.
But the incident quickly became a national storm. The pair were almost immediately kicked out of the house, with Cox insisting it was “just a joke” and Bric saying they “never intended to have fun with Camilla”. The producers turned over footage of the incident to Queensland Police, who, after speaking with those involved, concluded there was insufficient evidence for a criminal investigation. Prime Minister John Howard even called on Channel 10 to “remove this stupid show”. They didn’t, but the way the show was made changed forever.
The men later told Zoo Weekly (rest in peace) that the moment “ruined” their lives, with Bric saying he felt the show “used and abused them.” In 2020, Severi addressed the issue again, saying, “Sometimes when people ask me about it, I’m like, ‘Well, that’s really interesting, that keeps following me because I don’t. didn’t do.