Game Show Chronicles: 40 Remarkable Facts About Quirky and Bizarre Shows – Part 2 2

262019 Spelling Bee Champions

2019 Spelling Bee Champions

In 2019, the National Spelling Bee titled 8 co-champions after running out of words in a 3.5-hour finale. Starting with 562 contestants, the final 8 continued for 20 straight rounds of spelling words without any errors.

27. Jenna Jameson hosted ‘American Sex Star,’ a pay-per-view reality show, where 5 contestants competed in a series of sexual performances for a panel of judges. It premiered in 2005 and ran for 2 seasons.

28. In the American game show, "Win Ben Stein's Money," money won by contestants was actually paid by the producers. Money left over at the end of a season was given to Stein. If the total amount paid out exceeded that budget, the production company paid the excess. So Ben Stein was never in any danger of losing his own money.

29. In 1999, in an episode of 'Hollywood Squares,' the contestants got so many questions wrong that the episode only lasted a single round, to the point Gilbert Gottfried began berating them.

30. After surviving a year-long experiment on an isolated island for the British reality TV show, ‘Eden’, its 10 contestants learned that the show had been canceled 4 months into production.

31The Billboard Boys

The Billboard Boys

From 1982 to1983, 3 men in Allentown, Pennsylvania competed in a radio contest in which they lived on top of a billboard in tents. Whoever stayed up longest would win a house. Due to economic pressure from the recession, none of the contestants wanted to give up, so the contest lasted almost 9 months.

32. In 2007, a Dutch reality show called "De Grote Organshow" pitted contestants in dire need of organ transplants against each other, resulting in outrage across the globe. The show finally revealed that it was all a hoax to highlight the serious problem many patients needing organ transplants face. Over 50,000 people then signed up for the organ donor's list.

33. A bachelorette-type TV show named “There’s Something About Miriam” aired in the UK in 2004, where unbeknownst to the contestants, the 'Bachelorette' was a pre-op transsexual woman the whole time.

34. In 2005, Fox aired a reality television series titled 'Who's Your Daddy?' The show's premise was that an adult who had been put up for adoption as an infant was placed in a room with 25 men, one of whom was their biological father. If the contestant could guess correctly, they won $100,000.

35. Steve-O from Jackass was the host of a show called "Karaoke Killer," where contestants were required to perform a series of challenges, some of them terrifying while singing Karaoke. In order to win, you had to keep singing, no matter what.

36Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen

When a contestant leaves Hell's Kitchen, they are immediately taken for a psychiatric evaluation and then go to a house where they are pampered.

37. The US version of 1 vs 100 did a special "Battle of the Sexes" episode with 1 woman vs 100 men and 1 man vs 100 women. The woman contestant was eliminated at $50,000 and the man became the show's first and only $1 million winner.

38. All the contestants on 'Shark Tank' are made to see a psychiatrist after their pitch, no matter the outcome. It is meant to ensure they are able to come down from the emotional rush and deal with the possibility of appearing in front of seven million Americans.

39. Richard Dawson, the longtime host of 'Family Feud' who was notorious for kissing female contestants, began said tradition while trying to calm the nerves of a flustered player.

40. Richard Hatch, the winner of the first 'Survivor Contest' ended up going to jail for tax evasion over his million-dollar prize.

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