'When we truly get down to the naked stripped body, there are always going to be opinions' - why Kiwis love reality TV

On screens across the country, New Zealanders are tuning in to watch a range of reality TV programmes such as dysfunctional marriages at first sight, naked bodies being judged by potential partners and watching long-term couples on the brink of separation rematched with one another. 

So why do people get glued to their screens watching reality TV?

AUT University Pop Culture Lecturer Associate-Professor Lorna Piatti-Farnell told TVNZ's Breakfast programme this type of programming is for "entertainment" and is an "amazing venue for looking up behaviour."

"Behaviour for the every day, not only for the participants the people that we perceive as being the true people on the show but also how the public responds," Ms Piatt-Farnell said.

With the use of social media, avid reality TV watchers feel that they are right there along with contestants and adds another level to programming. 

"We are getting the behaviour of the perceived true people who are interacting through their emotions through their relationships but it is also the behaviour of the audience, how are they going to respond, how outraged they get sometimes."

Speaking about Naked Attraction which is aired on TVNZ 2 on Friday night's at 9.30, Ms Piatti-Farnell said it is an example of how far "we are prepared to actually put the body before our emotional interactions".

During the show, one contestant looks at the naked bodies of five potential suitors and they judge their bodies one by one to narrow down who they would like to go on a date with. 

"When we truly get down to the naked stripped body, there are always going to be opinions," Ms Piatti-Farnell said. 

"There are going to be opinions that are bound to whether it is entertainment and whether it is ok but at the same time popular culture does like to push our boundaries, what we see as acceptable and don't forget the body has been on display in culture for centuries."

AUT University Pop Culture Lecturer Associate-Professor Lorna Piatti-Farnell say reality TV pushes cultural boundaries. Source: 1 NEWS


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Lorde picks up music award for Melodrama album after VMA haul

After taking home six Tui's at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards last week, Lorde has picked up another top honour from a UK music magazine. 

The kiwi pop star's "stunning second album" Melodrama has been awarded the Best Album of 2017 by British publication NME. 

"This is a regret-drenched break-up album that waves a magic wand at pain and transforms it into pure pop magic," the magazine wrote.

"From house-influenced lead single 'Green Light' to the deliciously overwrought 'Supercut', 'Melodrama' gives you pause to reflect on the past even as it takes your hand and leads you to the dancefloor."

Lorde has just wrapped up her New Zealand leg of her Melodrama world tour and is currently performing in Australia. 

"The tour's been amazing, it's been so nice to finish it like this, I forget how lucky I am to have the support here, it's amazing to come home and be greeted with this," she said after her New Zealand concerts. 

"I've been finding the shows here super moving, there's a lot of kids going to their first shows following me on tour when I was at high school, and they were at high school, now they're in their 20s."

On the 16th of November, the 21-year-old clinched awards at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards for the Best Solo Artist, and soon after for Best Pop Artist, then Best International Artist, Single of the Year for Greenlight, and Album of the Year for Melodrama and People's Choice. 

Speaking to those gathered she said she'd been delighted at how her second album had been received.

Ella Yelich-O'Connor, better known as Lorde, with her six Tui Awards at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2017.
Ella Yelich-O'Connor, better known as Lorde, with her six Tui Awards at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2017. Source: Luke Appleby/1 NEWS

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