Diversity is back in the spotlight on Reality TV following TEN announcing two casts for upcoming juggernauts Australian Survivor and The Bachelor.
On social media, some have commented on the dominance of “white” cast members.
As a general rule Reality TV is far more multicultural in its casting than other genres, with shows such as MasterChef Australia, The Voice, Australia’s Got Talent and The X Factor.
And whilst Diversity is about more than just ethnic representation, TEN has boasted how Survivor has had over 15,000 applicants -so it seems unlikely they were short on contenders representing other ethnicities.
In the past producers have told me how cooking and talent shows attract a wider cross section of the community than renovation shows. Kiss Bang Love has managed to demonstrate some diversity, while both Married at First Sight and upcoming SBS series Undressed also adopt a broader interpretation.
In terms of Survivor we probably need to know a bit more about the individuals before rushing to judge, but it’s a good reminder to networks that first impressions mean a lot.