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12 Cringeworthy Reality TV Show Fails

Updated April 24, 2019 755.4k views12 items

Ahh, the reality show. What other medium seems to focus on fame mongers and/or washed up celebrities trying to make themselves relevant? TV is full of reality programming these days, and that means more and more reality TV fails for the Internet to enjoy and mock. Reality television is a source of some of the biggest TV fails of all time, and it presents more than its share of the classic TV host nip slip.

Not just Nancy Grace's stint on Dancing with the Stars, this list includes all of the greatest reality TV fails in recent history. From the host of Australia's Next Top Model announcing the wrong winner to Snooki getting a fistful to the face, here are the other greatest and most cringeworthy fails from all across reality television programming. The beauty of reality TV is that it's like watching a slow-motion collision. Come on. We aren't watching Real Housewives for the stories.

So what are the worst reality show fails? What are some of the trashiest television show moments? There are a number. From Verne (Mini Me) Troyer riding a scooter around a house in only his birthday suit and then peeing in a corner, to the worst ideas in invention show history, to the worst face plants in TV dance audition history: enjoy. And if any aliens are watching via radio waves in outer space, please kindly switch over to more educational programming. We promise the human race isn't all Jersey Shore and celebrity competitions.

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    BulletBall On 'American Inventor'

    BulletBall On 'American Inventor'
    Video: YouTube

    This is probably one of the saddest things you will see today. On the show American Inventor (where inventors pitch their life-long dreams/ideas to a panel of venture capitalists/investors), Marc Griffin makes his case in 2006. A gentleman spent 26 years of his life on the idea. He sold his house and his possessions, quit his job, left by his wife... all for a game that he honestly believed was going to be an Olympic sport. 

    The sport: BulletBall. What is BulletBall? A glorified dining room table with neon colored balls with which you play a game of hand-Pong. The fail? Losing his entire life to the most unoriginal game idea since table tennis.

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    'America's Got Talent' - 'Self Levitation'

    'America's Got Talent' - 'Self Levitation'
    Video: YouTube

    Remember in Star Wars when Luke first uses The Force? Or whenever David Copperfield made a building disappear (using only clever editing and camera tricks) or whenever Criss Angel makes you cringe? This magician named Dennis Keith throws all of that away. His skill can be summed up in an 11-second-long video.

    The 46-year-old magician proposed that he could "self-levitate," but he couldn't quite deliver more than a whomp whomp to judges.

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    'So You Think You Can Dance' Faceplant

    'So You Think You Can Dance' Faceplant
    Video: YouTube

    A So You Think You Can Dance audition fail. There are many of them, but most of them are just bad form in dancing. This one, though, really takes the cake. This guy attempts a front flip, slips before he can fully take off, and ends up landing right on his face - for one of the greatest faceplants in reality TV show history. 

    Best part = the thud. Oh, the thud. The loud, painful, concussion-inducing thud.

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    'America's Next Top Model' Contestant Fails

    'America's Next Top Model' Contestant Fails
    Video: YouTube

    It might seem like walking up and down a runway would be easy as pie. But when you're wearing a Houdini-trap-like dress that wants to trip you and you have an almost Doctor-Who-esque pendulum obstacle course in your way, most people would mess up too. That pendulum thing was downright cruel... but awesome to watch because it's amazing to try and guess which one will hit her. 

    Have fun watching this video. Anyway, not only does this girl fall while simply walking on stairs, but she gets completely wiped out by a swinging pendulum taken right out of an Indiana Jones movie.

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