Exactly How Much of the Show “Survivor” is Staged?

According to information from the producer of the biggest reality TV show in America, some of the scenes witnessed during “Survivor” were fake. Mark Burnett, “Survivor’s” producer stated that in some cases, body doubles were used as a “stand-in” to shoot a number of the show’s scenes. However, the creator of this show, stated there was absolutely nothing wrong with doing this and that it helped to enhance the quality of television being produced.

The question that many fans have is related to how much of this show is fake. While there is no way to be 100 percent certain of this, there have been some reports from old cast members, as well as crew members who are no longer working for the show. However, much like any other TV show, most everyone has to sign a “non-disclosure” agreement at the start of filming that they won’t discuss what goes on. The question of if you will ever get the full truth is pretty easy to figure out – more than likely not!

The Use of Body Doubles

It is important to note that the use of body doubles to “fake” scenes has been going on since the very first season of the series, which was filmed back in the year 2000. While in Borneo, there were 16 contestants – who all had a body double. These individuals were used for panoramic shots of the island.

Some of the times that the stand-ins were used was during swimming races and other rigorous events that may not have gone well for average individuals.

If you think about it, this makes sense. Have you ever noticed that when helicopter shots are taken from above, you don’t see any of the crew standing around? How would this be possible unless the shot was staged. The question is, how much of those staged shots actually goes into determining the outcome of the show?

Manipulation of the Vote

The most dramatic moments on “Survivor” occurred when someone was voted off the island during the tribal council. According to one of the season one contestants, the producers manipulated the vote, so she would be voted off. However, this has never been confirmed, but it makes you wonder!

After the vote is taken from the cast members, the host, Jeff, will consult with producers. While there is no confirmation about any nefarious actions going on during this meeting, many people wonder. Do the producers have a hand in who gets voted off? According to sources, they only discuss what order the votes will be read in; however, you have to wonder if more goes into it than that – it is a TV show right? More drama equates to higher ratings.

While it may never been known – for sure – what is real and what is not on “Survivor,” there is one thing you can agree on – the people on the show go through a dramatic change during their time. Being in the elements is something that can take a serious tole on anyone’s body.


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