As we wrap up the year in telly here’s a lesson to be learned for those wanting to strike it rich as a TV contestant.
If you want to make the big bucks in television you might think again before all that singing, cooking or renovating.
Just go and make a wacky video. You could nab a whole lot of moolah without any of the pain.
Looking back on 2011, Australia’s Funniest Home Videos delivered the most money versus input.
Jason Ngam of Toorak submitted a 19 second video “Funny Fountain” and won a cool $250,000 for his efforts. You can see the winning clip here.
That leaves those who went through months of anguish on MasterChef, My Kitchen Rules and The Block in his wake.
Here’s how some of the year’s other winner stacked up. But do they really reflect the ratings?
$250,000 Jason Ngam Australia’s Funniest Home Videos
$250,000 Jack Vidgen Australia’s Got Talent
$250,000 Tyler & Nathan The Amazing Race Australia
$115,000 Polly & Waz The Block
$100,000 Kate Bracks MasterChef Australia
$100,000 Sammy & Bella My Kitchen Rules
$100,000 Julia Morris The Celebrity Apprentice Australia
$100,000 Michael Lynch The Renovators
$100,000 Robert Davidov Top Design
$100,000 Sarah & Lachlan Beauty & The Geek Australia
$50,000 Dylan Cooper Project Runway Australia*
$20,000 Montana Cox Australia’s Next Top Model
$0 (cash) Reece Mastin The X Factor
$0 (cash) Manu Feildel Dancing with the Stars
Last year Minute to Win It gave away $500,000.
NB: Does not include Hot Seat, Deal or No Deal or Million Dollar Drop.
*cash and materials.