Heather Havrilesky agrees with us too. I'm not sure that the perception of a fix will be as devastating to PR as it was to Joe Millionaire, however. What made PR better than maybe any other reality show is that who ended up winning wasn't really the point. Joe Millionaire and The Bachelor/ette are built around the process of identifying the winner. It's not that we're all supposed to agree that whoever the dude picks is the most deserving, but there really is no goal other than winning, and no other reason to participate or watch. But built into the setup of PR, maybe kind of like prestigious literary prizes, is the idea that the judges aren't really qualified to judge who's better or worse. It's more just about seeing the different personalities and the beautiful things they produce. And who fights with who.

There is more to be said on this but not by me right now.