Enhancement means to amplify, increase, and add to; especially to increase or improve in value, quality, desirability, or attractiveness (www.merriam-webster.com). Self-enhancement reality television is any program in which someone is given the opportunity to conquer a personal struggle, achieve a goal or something they truly desire. However, there are versions of the self-enhancement shows for every aspect of life like fashion, weight loss, physical appearance, style and grooming, child-rearing, attaining difficult goals, fashion and grooming, fashion makeover and marriage, relationship building, manners, addiction, mental health and etiquette. In fact, reality television has become so popular that recent statistics indicate, ‘‘there are
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Cast for The Swan were chosen through both live casting calls in twelve cities as well as videotaped submissions via its web site (www.fox.com). Recruiting female contestants between the ages of 22 and 38 will be chosen based on the compelling nature of their stories. They went through extremes like plastic surgery to receive their desired enhancements. On the other hand, there are non-competitive self-enhancement shows such as Intervention, Celebrity Rehab, and Hoarders. These shows are individual focused formatted the shows cast an individual(s) each episode ends with a surprise intervention that is staged by the family and friends of the addict, which is conducted by one of four specialists (www.aetv.com, www.vh1.com). Contestants are chosen to appear on these programs by application with a detailed story that has to be submitted online by the individual, family member or loved one of an addict (drugs, alcohol, eating disorders, etc) or hoarder.
Self-enhancement and makeovers are two things that most people can't get or afford on a regular basis. Things such as makeovers, rehab programs, plastic surgery, etc are costly as well especially when being administered by experienced professionals. The Biggest Loser contestants are assisted by two celebrity fitness trainers, Bob Harper and Jillian