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Reality TV Magazine’s Top Ten Most Controversial, Outrageous, & Memorable Reality TV Moments of 2006

December 28, 2006 01:13 AM by Joe Reality

Chris_giant_1Just 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.

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14 Responses to “Reality TV Magazine’s Top Ten Most Controversial, Outrageous, & Memorable Reality TV Moments of 2006”

  1. Pat Says:
    December 28th, 2006 at 2:58 am

    The Clay Aiken AI5 finale moment had to be THE BEST tv moment of the year. He looked pretty darned cute, too!

  2. Jude Says:
    December 28th, 2006 at 3:38 am

    Sorry, but Constantine is STILL the ONE! He has rocked us this year on his new music Tour from LA’s Viper Room to the the Cutting Room in NYC..and beyond to the Broadway stage.
    He has written and performed beautiful ballads, fun sing-alongs and humorous stories and collaborated with some of the best musicians in the business; his debut CD will reflect his eclectic music styles and it will be all new music.
    His voice is better than ever and his stage charisma keeps us all coming back for more.
    He is about to debut in the four-person show that has taken the world by storm in what will be the most challenging and inspiring role of his life so far..Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.
    As the AI mag exec said, “How in the world did Constantine get voted off so early!”
    He’s still # 1 for thousands and thousands of his fans from India to Hawaii, so Rock it ON, Constantine!.

  3. Winnie Says:
    December 28th, 2006 at 3:59 am

    I have to agree with Jude…Constantine’s early exit on AI4 is still tops on my list of surprises. I cried for weeks and promised never ever to be emotionally involved with any of the contestants until I got hooked again on Season 5. Second will be my second favorite AI contestant KMcPhee….Her button popping yellow dress is to die for and a lot of the male members of some message boards just keeps playing that over and over again in their minds or their computers…we did not see much but we did see something.

  4. Gale Says:
    December 28th, 2006 at 7:02 am

    The Sandecki/Aiken appearance on the AI5 finale was a truly surprising and fantastic TV moment. It took me a while to even recognize the New Look Clay. It was great seeing him again.

    I just saw his latest Christmas concert…he was extremely funny and , Of course, sang beautifully!

  5. Luisa Says:
    December 28th, 2006 at 7:02 am

    On the night of Daughtry’s elimination, almost 2 million people signed on the American Idol board to rant their displeasure. They came in and left the next day or during the following week. Daughtry was such an obvious choice as a winner for his amazing talent that nobody could believe it, but at the end Daughtry came out as the obvious winner as shown by how he’s been riding the charts above the current champion. The Chris fans might not have powervoted or used other means to slam and confuse the vote, but the silent majority has been buying his album, and already has gone platinum. The silent majority has spoken.

  6. NJE Says:
    December 28th, 2006 at 9:19 am

    The most memorable moment for me was Elliott’s performances on Elvis night on Idol. Why isn’t that on this list?

  7. amelia Says:
    December 28th, 2006 at 9:54 am

    When you get down to the top 4 on AI it really shouldn’t be a surprise who goes. And Chris had already been in the bottom 3. Unlike Constantine who went 6th and NEVER being in the bottom 3. To me, Clay Aiken’s appearance was far more of a surprise. It was fun and totally unexpected. AI should do more of this type of thing.

  8. Anonymous Says:
    December 28th, 2006 at 10:06 am

    LONG LIVE CONSTANTINE! ! !

  9. Barbieflausa Says:
    December 28th, 2006 at 3:35 pm

    I broke my re-dial button on my phone voting for Mr. Taylor Hicks. This was the first time I watched AI from start to finish. It was a great year with lots of talent. I wish Chris, Elliott and everyone of the finalists the best. They are all good friends…and so too should be their followers. Peace & Love in 2007

  10. Donna Says:
    December 28th, 2006 at 5:42 pm

    For me, nothing compares with the shock I felt when Constantine was dismissed from American Idol. With all he’s done since and all he has planned in the future, I still have my doubts as to what happened that night. After almost two years Constantine’s fanbase is still as strong and supporting of him as ever. Watch for him in “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” beginning Jan. 9th at the Zipper Theater in NYC.

  11. Kath Says:
    December 28th, 2006 at 10:11 pm

    Definitely Clay on AI’s finale. That was the BEST!!!

    As far as Katherine McPhee’s wardrobe malfuction – please. It was planned! She was and is a media hog from day 1. She didn’t deserve to be in the AI finale and she doesn’t deserve to be on your list.

  12. Johnny Says:
    December 29th, 2006 at 2:53 am

    Katharine’s wardrobe malfunction was the best thing that happened for all straight men around the world. This woman is so damn SEXY! That body is smoking HOT! Those tatas look delicious! McPhee, you own me.

  13. Setsuyu Says:
    December 29th, 2006 at 12:17 pm

    Still Constantine’s early departure and the Clay Aiken surprise

  14. www.lake-shore.co.uk Says:
    November 3rd, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    The most memorable moment for me was Elliott’s performances on Elvis night on Idol

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