Three former North Shore reality TV stars reflect on experience|
Updated on August 2, 2017 at 2:16 PM, Posted on August 2, 2017 at 7:00 AM
By Kara Martinez Bachman,
Slidell resident Victor Arroyo was a contestant on last year's CBS TV series, "Big Brother," the quintessential "prying eyes" reality show that has just entered its 19th season. He said being cast in the show was a life-changing and positive experience. (photo credit: Guillermo)
Victor Arroyo III, "Big Brother" Season 18
Slidell resident and personal trainer Victor Arroyo III was a contestant on last season's "Big Brother."
"I can't speak for all reality TV, only for 'Big Brother,'" Arroyo said. "I know that nothing I did in the house was scripted, nor was I swayed by producers."
That being said, Arroyo said his involvement in one of the more invasive reality shows taught him the artificial constructs -- the sets, the rules of competition -- are "reality," but not "real life."
"It is our reality because, to be honest, 'Big Brother' is not real life," Arroyo said. "You, as a viewer, get to see what happens when you put 16 strangers together competing for $500,000. There is no doubt that makes for great TV."
He said "Big Brother" is unique among reality shows in that it offers a live streamed feed of the activity in the house.
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