Unreality TV wants to wish you all a Happy New Year as we look back at some of 2012’s highlights!

by Anna Howell


Well, that is another year over, and what a year 2012 has been!

Throughout the year Unreality TV have seen you through many memorable moments in the world of reality TV, and have provided in depth and exclusive interviews and coverage to go with them.

So, as we say goodbye to the old year, we want to wish you a very Happy New Year as we take a look back at our top three examples of this in the world of reality TV:

(3) I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.

Geordie treasures Ant and Dec returned to ITV this winter to host this year’s I’m A Celebrity, and what a series it turned out to be!
Before the show even began we were hearing jungle drums of tantrums, tears and diva-like demands, not surprising seeing as the jungle had two soap queens as part of its new line up, but it was boxing champ, David Haye, who caused the most controversy at first.

According to reports, David received a fee of £165,000 to appear in the popular ITV1 reality show, around £100,000 more than all the other contestants, and had demanded access to a gym daily, which he was apparently granted.

However, when the camera’s started rolling David’s antics were soon forgotten when the world had a glimpse of how spoilt Coronation Street star, Helen Flanagan was. Admitting at the very first hurdle how she was petrified of pretty much everything; the ironic and humorous British voting public began dialling Helen’s number, day in, day out for her to complete the bush tucker trials which would secure meals for her camp mates each night.

Helen managed a whopping five consecutive days not winning a single scrap of food after failing, giving up or, at one point, point blank refusing to take part in the trials which included eating tasks, water tasks and many, many critters. However, on her sixth trek to the trial area, and with the camp slagging her off relentlessly for their growing hunger, Helen finally found some courage and managed to win every star on offer in the trial. Suitable happy with herself, Helen then seemed to relax a bit, with many believing that she had put on the fear to gain sympathy, and then hoping her sudden heroics would then win her popularity.

They did neither, and after only five previous evictions, Helen found herself on her way home.

First to leave the jungle this series was Tory MP, Nadine Dorries, who had not only lied to her boss (David Cameron, by the way) about where she was intending to spend the holiday she had booked but who had also been photographed topless before the show started, soon realised her attempt to make the public think politics was more hip, failed miserably when she was the first person voted out of the jungle.

The drama did not stop there though, as no sooner had she reached the comfort of her luxury hotel, news reached her that the PM was not a happy bunny. Leaving Australia early, Nadine rushed back to the House of Commons, where she was suspended from her role, and did not return to join her celebrity camp mates at the wrap party after the show had finished.

TV chef, Rosemary Shrager was a late entry to this year’s I’m A Celeb, but soon muscled her way into camp, taking over the cooking and ruffling more than a few feathers with her bossy ways, annoying personality and downright rudeness.

One person in particular who she rubbed up the wrong way, and even reduced to tears on more than one occasion was Made In Chelsea star, Hugo Taylor. Hugo, we feel was the light and soul of the camp and should have won hands down, having provided some of the best deadpan one liners, especially when her was nominated as camp meddler along with Ashley and David.

However, it was Rosemary’s comments when voted out of the jungle, aimed at David Haye, not Hugo, during her ITV2 I’m A Celeb spin off show, Get Me Out Of Here Now, which really shocked the audience.

When asked in the interview what she had thought about David Haye upon meeting him, Rosemary replied:

“David is such a hunk,” she began, “I never thought as a middle aged lady…”

Then, moving her arms out like an ape, she added: “Once I saw him coming through the jungle like this, like a little monkey, a lovely one, and he looked so fit I thought, ‘This is terrific. This is fabulous’.”

Her comments left show presenter, Laura Whitmore stunned, and millions of viewers likewise, but it didn’t take them long to regain composure and soon every social networking platform available to the public was inundated with hundreds of complaints and messages of disgust at the larger than life chef’s racist remark.

One fan of the show wrote: “Rosemary recalled that on seeing a black man in the jungle she thought it was a monkey. Whether she meant it in a racist way or not, it is unacceptable.”

This prompted the Ladette to Lady star to immediately apologise, stating: “I’m horrified to think I might have offended anyone with my comment. That wasn’t my intention at all and I’m truly sorry if I have caused any offence.”

Meanwhile David’s agents choose not to comment on the remark.

In the final three this year were David Haye, EastEnders actress, Charlie Brooks and Pussy Cat Doll, Ashley Roberts.
All three shone, and the British public seemed to love them, with Charlie eventually being crowned this year’s Queen of the Jungle!

Watch Rosemary’s shocking interview in the clip below:

(2) Strictly Come Dancing


Strictly Come Dancing had an amazing year this year, with one of the best line ups the show has even seen.

Even Head Judge, Len Goodman expressed how he was excited at the start of the series, admitting that for the first time ever, he knew every single contestant taking part.

Unreality TV were there reporting every step of the way on all the gossip on performance nights, results night, and everything that was disclosed in BBC2 Strictly spin-off show, It Takes Two, presented by Zoe Ball.

Before the show began there was a lot of controversy regarding three of its contestants, West End star Denise Van Outen, West Life’s Nicky Byrne and Girl’s Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh.  The general opinion was that these stars held an unfair advantage due to their performing backgrounds, with Van Outen receiving the most criticism having just finished a spell in West End musical, Chicago.

Despite this all three contestants seemed to warm to the public at first, and though were all very good, the real surprise of week one was larger than life, Lisa Riley, who wowed the audience and judges alike with her energetic and technically great performances with professional dance partner, Robin Windsor.

Due to the summer Olympic games, this year Strictly featured two of our Team GB heroes, cyclist Victoria Pendleton and gymnast Louis Smith, who many had very high expectations of.  However, despite their obvious fitness and strive, neither really seemed to shine at first, with Louis and his professional dance partner, Flavia Cacace, quietly settling into a mid-table position for most of the series.

Victoria, who was partnered with Brendan Cole, looked suitably disappointed with her performances, and the comments and scores they acquired, week after week, and it wasn’t much of a surprise when they left mid-way through the series.

One couple who seemed to shine more than the rest, however, were Denise van Outen and her professional dance partner, James Jordan.  Receiving high scores and close-to-if-not-top leader board positions, week in, week out, Denise seemed like the absolute favourite to win, especially as for half the series she was voted through to the next round instantly by the public.

Kimberley Walsh and Nicky Byrne had quite wobbly starts, with Nicky even being marked down in week one for using an illegal lift by Craig Revel Horwood, but both steadied themselves out despite both finding themselves in the bottom two on at least one occasion.

For Nicky, however, it was more than once, and despite his efforts and results performing week in, week out, he soon found himself face to face in the dance-off with Denise Van Outen, who had seemingly lost all favour with the public.  Nicky went home, and then Denise found herself in the same position twice more, both times being saved unanimously by the judges, before finally finding herself in the final, along with actress Dani Harmer, who had been consistently top three material since the show began, Kimberley (who was the first contestant to receive a perfect score of 40, not once but twice before the final) and Louis, who had been slowly creeping up the leader board steady whilst others exit’s left him more room to grow.

Dani Harmer and Vincent Simone on Strictly Come Dancing

Dani, along with her professional dance partner, Vincent Simone, was the first contestant to leave the final, having been outshone somewhat by the other’s show dances, leaving the top space to be fought over by the other 3.

In the final all 4 couples performed their own show dance, which is typically a collection of big lifts and moves put together in a whopping showcase basically in order to show-off.  Denise, Dani and Kimberley all did this, and did it well, but it was Louis Smith’s show dance which stopped the show!

Louis, who had incorporated his own gymnastic moves in practically every routine he had performed throughout the series, and who had been called a show-off on several occasions by Darcey Bussell, rather than giving a big example of all this as expected, did something totally different than had ever been seen on Strictly before.

Choosing to dance an understated, almost contemporary ballet style dance to Take That, Louis’ effortless grace, slick moves and sentiment created a performance not only beautiful, but breath-taking, making it an obvious choice for 2012 winner, which he was deservedly crowned.

Watch Louis’s amazing show dance performance in the clip below:


(1) X Factor


This year’s X Factor from beginning to end was an absolute rollercoaster, filled with drama and scandal from start to finish from the audition stages right through to the final of the show this Christmas.

The ninth series began airing on ITV on 18 August 2012 and ended on 9 December 2012 in a spectacular final, watched by millions, and judged by the new panel of Head Judge, Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos, Louis Walsh and new recruit, Nicole Scherzinger, with Scherzinger going on to win the competition with two of her acts, James Arthur and Jahmene Douglas, up against each other, with the title finally being taken by Arthur.

However, at the beginning of the series, back at the audition stages in August, Nicole’s seat was a hot-seat for celebrity guest judges to fill as producers failed to find a permanent replacement for last year’s exiting judge, Kelly Rowland.

Geri Halliwell, Leona Lewis, Rita Ora, Mel B, Anastacia and Scherzinger herself stood in as guest judges for the vacant position left by Rowland, with many (mainly Geri herself) believing that the job was Haliwell’s, until the other judges all expressed a dislike of that option, forcing Simon Cowell to bring back Scherzinger full time.

Unreality TV were invited to take a sneaky peak at the audition stages, and then throughout the live finals, keeping you informed every step of the way!

When the final 12 were revealed, there were many, in particular head judge Gary Barlow, who were outraged with Nicole Scherzinger’s decision to take Essex performer, Rylan Clarke, to the finals.  Whilst the other judges humoured him (mainly to annoy Gary) it all became very real when one of Gary’s most talented acts, Carolynne Poole was eliminated whilst Clark went straight through to the next round.

After that show winner, James Arthur went up against other show favourite, Ella Henderson, in one of the most shocking sing-offs in the shows history, with Ella being voted off by deadlock when the judges could not reach a unanimous decision.

After that Rylan’s time was limited, and once he was voted off a few weeks later the attention then turned to Gary’s remaining act, Christopher Maloney, who judges decided was not up to the same standard as the other contestants.

However, it seemed that Maloney had the entire city of Liverpool behind him as, week after week; he sailed through to the next round, never competing in a single sing off till he made it through to the shows final, where he positioned third in the entire competition.

Many in Maloney’s shoes would have been happy with such a respectable place but, after weeks and weeks of reports about Diva-ish behaviour from the scouse lounge-type singer, Maloney proved all his critics right when he threw a tantrum and stormed out the final having not won.

Despite the show being welcomed by its lowest ratings since 2006, and often being beaten in the ratings battles by other programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing, Downton Abbey and I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, and with the final receiving the lowest ratings of an X Factor final since 2005 – our readers followed the stories, tears, tantrums and gossip religiously, with our winners announcement article breaking all our previous article ratings in the sites history.

Watch James Arthur’s winning performance in the clip below:

What do you think of our top three?  Have we missed anything out that you thought worthy of a place in our top stories covered by us? Leave your thoughts and comments below:

On behalf of all here at Unreality TV we would like to thank our readers for their continued support, and wish them all a happy, safe and prosperous 2013!