Reality TV Magazine’s Top Ten Most Controversial, Outrageous, & Memorable Reality TV Moments of 2006
December 28, 2006 01:13 AM by Joe Reality
Just like last year, we selected another surprise American Idol elimination at the top of our list. After Constantine Maroulis’ early departure from American Idol 4, one would have thought that voters would have known not to fall into the trap of thinking their favorite was safe. Chris Daughtry’s surprise elimination from American Idol 5 once again had viewers screaming about voting conspiracies.
Survivor, the show that jumpstarted the modern age of reality TV, decided to serve up its own dose of controversy. Survivor’s new twist of dividing the tribes by race had journalist across the nation in an uproar. Even though the controversy didn’t translate into spectacular ratings, it did provide us with one of the most memorable Survivors in years.
In 2005, American Idol had a do over when they showed the wrong phone numbers. In 2006, Big Brother technical malfunctions led to a do over in the head-of-household competition. Erika Landin was stripped of her head-of-household victory, and Janelle Pierzina came out on top in the redo.
Anytime a contestant quits during the middle of a reality TV show it’s bound to create controversy. Even more so if said contestants files for divorce while making shocking and explicit allegations against her husband. Sara Evans departure from Dancing with the Stars 3 and the reasons why became one of the biggest reality TV stories of the year.
One of the most shocking reality TV moments didn’t even occur on a reality TV show, but we decided to include it because it involved a former reality TV star. When Carrie Underwood was announced as CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, the camera caught Faith Hill reacting in a way that set off a firestorm of controversy. While many interpreted Faith Hill’s reaction as outrage over losing to an American Idol winner with only one major album under her belt, Faith insisted that she was only making a joke.
What top ten list involving controversial and outrageous behavior would be complete without Paula Abdul? Paula Abdul actually had one of her best seasons ever as a judge on American Idol with occasional incidents of odd behavior. None stranger than when she cracked up during one of the elimination shows and started talking about nonsensical quotes from Simon involving pizza, salad, moths, melons, fortune cookies, and corn flakes.
Contestants getting voted off or eliminated is a normal occurrence on many reality TV shows, but it’s not often that a contestant gets kicked off for violating the rules. Keith Michael’s eviction from Project Runway for having pattern making books and leaving the show without permission was one of the most discussed reality TV moments on the Internet.
Katharine McPhee in a tight yellow dress alone might have qualified for the list, but add in a wardrobe malfunction and it’s a definite top ten moment. While it was not quite as revealing as a Janet Jackson Super Bowl half-time show, millions of viewers caught a glimpse of Katharine McPhee’s underwear when a button popped off her dress during an American Idol performance.
Both seasons of Flavor of Love seemed like one continuous string of controversies. From contestants using the bathroom on Flavor Flav’s floor to revealing photos of contestants on the Internet, there were several moments that were good candidates for our list. However, the one that stood out the most to us was when Pumkin spit in New York’s face.
Most of our list has been heavy on controversial and outrageous behavior, so we thought we would finish with one of the most memorable moments. During the American Idol 5 finale, Michael Sandecki was giving his best Clay Aiken impersonation, when Clay Aiken himself walked out on the stage. Who can forget Michael almost going into shock on the stage?
Top Ten Most Controversial, Outrageous, & Memorable Reality TV Moments Of 2006
1. Chris Daughtry Eliminated From American Idol 5
2. Survivor Cook Islands Splits Tribes By Race
3. Big Brother Technical Malfunctions Lead To HOH Do-Over
4. Sara Evans Quits Dancing With The Stars 3
5. Faith Hill’s Reaction To Carrie Underwood Winning CMA’s Female Vocalist Of The Year Award
6. Paula Abdul’s Bizarre Behavior
7. Keith Michael Kicked Off Project Runway For Breaking The Rules
8. Katharine McPhee Pops A Button On Her Yellow Dress
9. Pumkin Spits In New York’s Face
10. Clay Aiken Surprises His Impersonator on American Idol 5 Finale
Do you agree or disagree with our top ten moments list? What else would you have included? What would you have left off on our list? Please post your personal top ten lists in the comment section below.