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I’ve never been a fan of reality shows or reality competitions. I find the whole genre comes off more scripted than any actual television show. I try to avoid them all.
Launy Schwartz was all smiles until he was robbed of his chance to be The Scores next broadcaster. Submitted Photo
I took a chance on TV network The Score and the Sept. 24 episode of the Gillette Drafted 2 reality competition.
What I saw in that half hour of television made me shake my head in disgust and validated my loathing of reality shows.
The premise of the show is that 10 finalists are chosen to participate in a competition to become The Score’s next broadcaster.
One of those competitors was a friend of mine, Launy Schwartz, who was eliminated by the end of this episode.
Schwartz says he was eliminated from the competition because of a "baseless accusation and not by merit."
From the way I see it, he is completely right about this.
The accusation stems from his giving away information about himself making it into the Top 10 on the show, before the contestants were revealed.
Providing that information was considered a violation of the confidentially agreement he signed to be part of the show.
The rumour is Schwartz revealed this information to a journalist, and his doing so could have compromised the integrity of the show.
Anyone who watched the episode could see Schwartz was nearly ill about the prospect of being taken off the show, but he was able to put his best foot forward. He gave the best performance in a challenge that featured all of the contestants moving around and reading off a teleprompter.
The show’s judges had the unenviable task of deciding what to do, but it was Greg Sansone and Renee Paquette who pushed to have him eliminated. They did so on the sole basis of his having violated the rules, citing he couldn’t be trusted in the business if he couldn’t hold a secret.
For that reason, and that alone, he was eliminated.