The Traitors fans complain show scores massive own goal

Claudia with contestants in The Traitors!
People have criticised The Traitors over the same flaw... (Image credit: BBC)

The Traitors has arrived on BBC One but many TV fans have blasted its format, due to the fact we find out who the traitors are early on in the programme.

Hosted by Claudia Winkleman, The Traitors is adapted from the hit Dutch reality show, and sees 20 contestants moving into a castle together and competing for a huge £120,000 cash prize by taking on a series of dramatic and challenging missions. 

Among these contestants are a magician, cheerleading coach, author, pensioner, BMX athlete, spa therapist, and property developer, so these very different personalities must decide who they can and can't trust throughout the game.

Unbeknownst to the others, three contestants are traitors and their goal is to sabotage the game, working to eliminate "loyal" competitors throughout the competition. These were selected by Claudia at the beginning of the show, but fans were annoyed that their identities were revealed in the first place.

Alyssa, Amanda and Wilfred were chosen as Traitors after everyone had a one-to-one chat with Claudia, discussing which role they think they'd suit best and why, before heading into the main room where everyone was blindfolded and the three traitors were touched on the shoulder to confirm their roles.

Viewers have criticized The Traitors for choosing to show the audience who the three disloyal players are, arguing that it would be much more intriguing for us to be guessing along at home with them.

Taking to Twitter, TV fans have claimed this decision has "ruined" the excitement, as we know who the traitors are very early on in the game.

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People have also compared The Traitors to popular Netflix series The Mole, which followed a similar format except it kept the identity of the titular mole a secret, until the very end, with people repeatedly asking "who is the mole?" even though some fans blasted the series for being "lame". 

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However, despite these complaints, some viewers are impressed with The Traitors and many have crowned receptionist and actor Maddy as the fan favourite. Because she's a "Faithful" this gives viewers even more reason to root for her to succeed.

In the next episode of The Traitors we will find out who Alyssa, Amanda and Wilfred chose to murder first, eliminating them from the competition but they have teased that it will "throw the castle into chaos" and that they "really love this person". Any ideas?

We will have to wait and see if people's opinions change despite the negative feedback on the format, when The Traitors continues on BBC One on Tuesday, November 6 at 9:15 pm.

Lucy Buglass
Senior Staff Writer

Lucy joined the team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes, reviews and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.

She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story, Stranger Things and Black Mirror but she is also partial to a quiz show or a bit of Say Yes to the Dress