I can't stop the feeling that I know many of the people on reality TV. This is quite different from my other feeling that movies stars would want to be my best friend if they met me. Rather, every year when the new batch of dancing, singing masterenovators is announced, I think, "I'm sure I know that guy from somewhere". There is usually one per show, sometimes two. On The Renovators, it was Jason. That big lug, I knew him from somewhere.
In the case of The Voice I'm quite certain I was besties at one time or another with at least 5 of them. Darren, Glen, Glenn, Diana and Matt. They are not even my favourite contestant (hello Karise), but they are all so familiar to me in that 'can't quite put my finger on it' kind of way... I just know them.
I've never met any of these people before in my life, of course. It's just that when they beam into my living room and we learn so much about them, they spark memories of other people from distant times and take their place. Something about them is comforting. That guy reminds me of that other guy, so that guy becomes the guy that I know.
I defy anyone to suggest that they didn't know Marion or Julie from somewhere the minute they stepped onto the Masterchef screen. They are both just that 'every woman' kind of gal who everyone knows in some form or another. It's like they were born to be the world's best friend.
This is why when a season draws to a close (or when my besties get eliminated), I get a little bit sad. It's like farewelling a friend at the airport gate, knowing you'll probably never see them again. I miss them. Where do these cheeky reality TV friends go after the show? Back to real reality, that's where.
A real reality that sadly doesn't include being friends with me.
Do you make friends with reality TV peoples?
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