Applications for reality TV gameshows has steadily increased over the last five years. There appears to be no end of hopefuls who seem to want their 'fifteen minutes of fame' as singers, dancers, actors, Big Brother housemates.
Recent genetic tests on random samples of gameshow contestants have however confirmed a high incidence of a newly identified 'desperation' gene.
Subjects who are carriers of this gene appear to exhibit any combination of a number of recurring traits - these include a sense of loss, a lack of humility, the need for constant attention, an appalling sense of fashion.
Scientists are warning members of the public who may be exhibiting any of these traits to avoid the temptation to audition for any reality TV shows. It has been suggested that they should instead involve themselves in charity work or community-aiding activities.