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The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever  

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List Rules Vote up the best competitive reality shows centered around non-kitchen creative skills that have aired on television.

Have you ever wondered what kinds of secret skills your friend might be hiding? If you learn your loved ones have a certain skill that sets them apart from everyone else, then you should suggest them trying out for one of these reality shows that actually require people have skills to compete. Unlike a lot of shows where it seems like people get famous for no reason, these shows dare to defy. They focus on outstanding individuals who bring unique talents to the table. They compete in their respective art forms, sometimes for career opportunities, and it all makes for excellent television. These are the best creative skill reality series. Which ones do you watch, and which ones sound interesting enough to check out?

All kinds of skills now have their time to shine on TV. The best tattoo artists in the country go on Ink Master to show a panel of judges they have what it takes to turn tattoos into true works of art. Meanwhile, shows like Making It forces people to work with their hands to create everything from forts to chairs. You may be able to compete on one of these shows yourself if you have a hidden talent. For now, you can vote for your favorite creative skill reality TV series.

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Ink Master is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever

Skill: Tattooing

Ink Master is an American reality competition on Spike in which tattoo artists compete in challenges assessing their tattoo and related artistic skills. They are judged by noted tattoo artists ...more
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The Voice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly

Skill: Singing

The Voice is an American reality television singing competition broadcast on NBC. Based on the original The Voice of Holland, the concept of the series is to find new singing talent contested by ...more
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America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever
Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne

Skill: Performing arts

America's Got Talent is an American reality television series on the NBC television network, and part of the global British Got Talent franchise. It is a talent show that features singers, ...more
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Project Runway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever
Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia

Skill: Fashion design

Project Runway is an American reality television series on Lifetime, previously on the Bravo Network, created by Eli Holzman which focuses on fashion design and is hosted by model Heidi Klum. ...more
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Forged in Fire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever
Rich Greenwood, Adam Ison, Jamie Lundell

Skill: Weapon forging, blacksmithing

Forged in Fire (History, 2015) is an American competition series hosted by Wil Willis. Four bladesmiths compete in a three-round elimination contest to forge bladed weapons, with the overall ...more
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Making It is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever
Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Dayna Isom Johnson

Skill: Crafting

Making It (NBC, 2018) is an unscripted reality competition series hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. Incredibly talented people come together for a friendly competition of art and crafts.
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The Sing-Off is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever
Nick Lachey, Shawn Stockman, Ben Folds

Skill: Singing

The Sing-Off is an American television singing competition featuring a cappella groups. It debuted on NBC on December 14, 2009, and is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Outlaw ...more
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World of Dance is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever
Jenna Dewan Tatum, Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo

Skill: Dancing

World of Dance (NBC, 2017) is an American reality dance competition series, hosted by Jenna Dewan Tatum. Judged by Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, and Derek Hough, dance performers, including solo acts ...more
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The X Factor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever

Skill: Singing

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent, contested by aspiring singers drawn from public auditions. Created by Simon Cowell, the show began in 2004 and ...more
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American Idol is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever
Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest

Skill: Singing

American Idol is an American singing competition series created by Simon Fuller and produced by 19 Entertainment, and is distributed by FremantleMedia North America. It began airing on Fox on ...more
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RuPaul's Drag Race is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever
RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice

Skill: Drag

RuPaul's Drag Race is an American reality competition television series produced by World of Wonder for Logo. RuPaul plays the roles of host, mentor, and source of inspiration for this series, ...more
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Blown Away is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever
Nick Uhas

Skill: Glassblowing

Blown Away (Netflix, 2019) is a competitive reality television series. Ten master artists turn up the heat in glassblowing sculpture challenges for the chance to win $60,000 in prizes and the ...more
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The Four: Battle for Stardom is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever
Fergie, Sean Combs, DJ Khaled

Skill: Singing

The Four: Battle for Stardom (Fox, 2018) is an American reality television music competition show hosted by Fergie with judges Sean Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor, and Charlie Walk. ...more
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So You Think You Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever
Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley

Skill: Dancing

So You Think You Can Dance is an American televised dance competition show that airs on Fox in the United States and is the flagship series of the international So You Think You Can Dance ...more
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Work of Art: The Next Great Ar... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever
China Chow, Simon de Pury, Jerry Saltz

Skill: Fine art

Work of Art: The Next Great Artist is an American reality competition show that airs on the cable television network Bravo, in which up-and-coming artists compete for a solo exhibition at the ...more
16
HGTV Design Star is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever
Vern Yip, Clive Pearse, Martha McCully

Skill: Interior design

HGTV Star, named HGTV Design Star for the first seven seasons, is an American reality competition show airing on the cable television network HGTV. It premiered July 23, 2006, and has completed ...more
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Top Design is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever

Skill: Interior design

Top Design is an American reality television series. Interior designers compete to win cash and receive a spot in New York's Designer showcases. The first season premiered on January 31, 2007, ...more
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Jim Henson's Creature Shop Cha... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever

Skill: Puppet and creature design

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Skin Wars: Fresh Paint is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever
RuPaul

Skill: Body painting

Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN, 2016) is a body painting reality competition. Hosted by RuPaul, the show features highly accomplished artists who must compete in body painting for the first time.
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Face Off is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever

Skill: Special effects

Face Off is an American reality television game show on the Syfy cable network in which a group of prosthetic makeup artists compete against each other to create prostheses such as those found ...more
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Shear Genius is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever
Jaclyn Smith, Camila Alves, Sally Hershberger

Skill: Hairstyling

Shear Genius is an American reality television series on the Bravo network that focuses on hair styling. The show first premiered on April 11, 2007. Contestants compete with each other to create ...more
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Top Shot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever
Colby Donaldson, Joe Serafini, Brian Zins

Skill: Shooting

Top Shot is an American reality television show that debuted on the History Channel on June 6, 2010. The show features 16 contestants, split into two teams of eight, competing in various types ...more
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Cosplay Melee is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever
Yvette Nicole Brown, LeeAnna Vamp, Christian Beckman

Skill: Costume design

Cosplay Melee (Syfy, 2017) is a reality television show hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown. Each episode, four cosplayers put their skills to the test as they create innovative cosplays, having to ...more
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Last Comic Standing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever
Jay Mohr, Ralphie May, Kathleen Madigan

Skill: Stand-up comedy

Last Comic Standing is an American reality television talent show on NBC that aired from 2003 to 2010, then again in 2014. The goal of the program is to select a comedian from an initially large ...more
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The World's Best is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Creative Skill Reality Series Ever
James Corden, Drew Barrymore, RuPaul

Skill: Performing arts

The World's Best (CBS, 2019) is a global talent competition series created by Mike Darnell and Mark Burnett. Hosted by James Corden, the show features contestants from across the world with ...more