They fall for any tale that is offered up. Every reality show on TV has a story of down and out people or at the end of their rope. By them being on this show as their last shot it is always a "chance of a lifetime," "one in a million," or "this has been my dream my whole life" - and they are only 15.
Perhaps they should fact check those backstories, but that will not matter because they, themselves will embellish them - all for the sake of better TV. They often film a backstory before the audition is taking place. What does that say? It just may be embellished or even made up - all for the sake of TV. Just go back to "Meet John Doe" and see that this happens in media and Hollywood all of the time. I pay no attention to the media's love for the backstory. I remember watching a music competition show where the guy was heading to the studio to perform and it was made to look like this was all happening NOW and he was ready. Yet, the scene was shot at night and the singer did his studio gig in the daytime. They had cameras on the car as he was driving, with no other cars around him. He was alone on an L.A. freeway. You bet they shut down that part of the freeway for this spontaneous narrative. And we saw him driving - as we all looked through the windshield. Yep, he was alone and pondering his next audition.
They bore me.
When you see a backstory on a show and they are narrating it, think how they filmed it. They have a driver in a car going to the set for "the first time" and surprising someone? Right they are there for the first time. The surprised guest is sleeping yet there is a camera in there. When people walk into a cave and we are seeing them actually walk into a cave, that was rehearsed. Well, that means a camera crew is there because we can see them walk INTO THE CAVE from the INSIDE.
They film hours worth of footage to get that cheetah kill. Are we sure they never enticed a kill or made quick edits to make it look like more than it was - or is? Perhaps some of the sick people are not as sick as they say. Or that family member used the funds raised for a trip somewhere and not for bills. Maybe the emotion of a certain situation will make us believe no matter what. Most of those stories are so outlandish, but nobody questions them. Before they run with it, check it out. We all have trials and tribulations. Most of them are not worthy of a movie of the week. The problem now is, we all get one, so they must be drawn into something they never were or will be.
TV news uses old footage for new stories. Filler shots of crap to fill the spot. Old graphics and such as well. We all love the rags to riches story so much that Hollywood writers and feature writers will insert their narrative to flesh out that boring life story. When someone has that death angle, all the better. They run with it, without checking it until later.
In that line from "Casablanca" - when Louie shuts down Rick's,, he proclaims "I am shocked to find there is gambling going on here." Then the dealer walks up and hands him his winnings.
Beware of the backstory.
As a Notre Dame fan, I ignored that part of the story in 2012. It meant nothing to me when it aired because, to me, it was just another over-hyped and overblown backstory to a game I wanted to watch.