TEN Publicity accidentally sent out a photo of the ‘fake’ ending to media last night, correcting the error this morning with a new photo.
TV Tonight understands the finale was filmed some weeks ago and contestants were not told who had won.
This afternoon a TEN spokesperson said, “It’s standard practice for reality shows that are filmed in front of a live audience to shoot alternate endings in order to protect the result from leaking and spoiling the end result for loyal viewers who have committed to watching the program.”
But while Reality shows continue to film ‘fake’ endings in order to minimise potential leaks, they risk jeopardising the credibility of their shows. Shows that have filmed multiple endings have included My Kitchen Rules, Celebrity Apprentice, Celebrity Splash, MasterChef: The Professionals.
The Voice, Dancing with the Stars, Australian Idol and So You Think You Can Dance have managed Live finales, MasterChef has cleverly filmed its scoring on the afternoon of the finale and kept all its contestants on site until the episode airs. House Rules has also indicated it will stage a Live finale.
Other Reality TV producers may need to consider Live finales given audiences are now wise to the trick of phony scores.