Reality bites: RTÉ tries a fresh twist on contest

RTÉ is to launch a new reality TV show to challenge TV3’s hugely successful The Apprentice this autumn.

The series, which will be presented by dynamic duo Lucy Kennedy and Baz Ashmawy, will be called Do The Right Thing. It will centre on 16 contestants who will battle it out for a rather unusual prize.

There won’t be a suitcase of money, a brand new Porsche or the holiday of a lifetime for the winner. Instead the last two remaining contestants will take a year out of their life and travel the world working with International Aid Agencies.

This weekend more than 100 would-be contestants will spend a weekend at Barretstown Castle in Co Kildare where they will be put through their paces by the makers of the show.

The applicants will be set a number of tasks and also screen-tested during a ‘Glastonbury-style’ weekend.

From there 16 lucky contestants will be chosen to go on and feature in the major series.

RTÉ has been developing the show for a number of months in response to the huge success of The Apprentice, which starred millionaire entrepreneur Bill Cullen, on rival TV3.

An RTÉ source said last night they have big hopes for the show, saying it will be a complete change from the normal reality TV experience.

“Reality TV shows are usually very bitchy affairs involving contestants doing all sorts of things just to win.

“But Do The Right Thing will be exactly that — people doing the right thing to stay in the show.

“It will be about bringing out the good side in people and we think it has the potential to be a huge success,” said the source.

The show will be filmed in the coming weeks and will be shown over 10 weeks on RTÉ 1.

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