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The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win

Updated May 11, 2021 4.9k votes 871 voters 26.6k views32 items

List RulesVote up the reality shows that you'd most want to win if you could - whether you'd want the prestige and bragging rights of The Amazing Race, or the industry fast-track of Project Runway and Top Chef.

You can't turn on the TV these days without accidentally running into an epic reality competition show. From dancing and singing to cooking and just plain ol' surviving, there's a televised battle that tests just about every skill. But have you ever wondered exactly what it is that the contestants are competing for? If you're planning to enter yourself, you probably want to know which are the reality shows with the best prizes! Obviously those would be the coolest to win, even if you have to eat bugs or walk around naked to do it.

Sometimes the winners only walk away with a dumb trophy and 15 minutes of fame, but other shows give away up to $1 million! Which is the best reality show to win? Vote up the reality shows you would most want compete in for the chance to win the prize.
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    Survivor

    Jeff Probst
    Prize: $1,000,000
    Survivor (CBS, 200) is a reality game show and is based on Swedish television series...  more

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    The Amazing Race

    Phil Keoghan
    Prize: $1,000,000 split between winning teammates
    The Amazing Race (CBS, 2001) is a reality competition tv show created by Elise Doganieri and...  more

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    The Voice

    Adam Levine, Blake Shelton
    Prize: $100,000 and a record deal
    The Voice (NBC, 2011) is an American reality television singing competition hosted by Kelly...  more

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    Big Brother

    Julie Chen, Phil Proctor
    Prize: $500,000
    Big Brother (CBS, 2000) is a reality game show series based on a Dutch series of the same name...  more

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    America's Got Talent

    Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel
    Prize: $1,000,000 and a 10-week guest spot at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas
    America's Got Talent is an American reality television series on the NBC television network,...  more

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    Dancing with the Stars

    Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba
    Prize: The mirror ball trophy (plus a reported salary of $50,000 for each of the final two episodes)

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    Top Chef

    Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons
    Prize: $125,000 and industry recognition
    Top Chef is an American reality competition show on the cable television network Bravo, that...  more

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    Chopped

    Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli
    Prize: $10,000 and industry recognition
    Chopped is an American reality based cooking television series created by Dave Noll and...  more

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    Hell's Kitchen

    Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic
    Prize: $250,000 and the opportunity to work as head chef or executive chef at a restaurant of Gordon Ramsay's choosing

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    LEGO Masters

    Will Arnett
    LEGO Masters (Fox, 2020) is a American reality show based on a British series of the same...  more

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    The Circle

    Michelle Buteau
    The Circle (Netflix, 2020) is an American reality competition series. The players move into an...  more

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    Too Hot to Handle

    Desiree Burch
    Too Hot to Handle (Netflix, 2020) is a reality television dating game show. The series follows...  more

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    We're Here

    Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O'Hara
    We're Here (HBO, 2020) is a six-part television reality series and a spin-off of RuPaul's Drag...  more
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    Floored

    Liza Koshy, Will 'Wildabeast' Adams
    Floored (Quibi, 2020) is a short dance reality television series hosted by Liza Koshy. Two...  more
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    Going From Broke

    Dan Rosensweig
    Going From Broke (Crackle, 2019) is an American financial reality show produced by Ashton...  more

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    The Pop Game

    Timbaland, Ashlund Jade
    The Pop Game (Lifetime, 2017) is a reality television series. Music producer Timbaland looks...  more

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    Fear Factor

    Ludacris, Mark Beech
    Fear Factor (MTV, 2017) is an American reality gameshow series rebooted from the 2001 series...  more

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    Project Runway

    Tim Gunn, Christian Siriano
    Prize: 100,000 to start a fashion line, an editorial feature in Elle Magazine, a car from Saturn, the opportunity to sell their clothes on Bluefly.com, and to debut their fashion line during New York Fashion Week

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    Food Network Star

    Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis
    Food Network Star (Food Network, 2005) is a reality television series. A contest to find a...  more

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    Win the Wilderness

    Nicholas Tennant
    Win the Wilderness (Netflix, 2020) is a British reality adventure competition documentary...  more
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    Marriage or Mortgage

    Nichole Holmes, Sarah Miller
    Marriage or Mortgage (Netflix, 2021) is an American reality series. A wedding planner and a...  more

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    Cutthroat Kitchen

    Alton Brown, Simon Majumdar
    Just how far is a chef willing to go to win a cooking competition? Cutthroat Kitchen hands...  more
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    America's Next Top Model

    Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House
    Prize: $100,000, industry recognition, and a fashion feature in Nylon Magazine
    America's Next Top Model (UPN, 2003) is an American reality competition television series...  more

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    Last Comic Standing

    Jay Mohr, Ralphie May
    Prize: Industry recognition
    Last Comic Standing is an American reality television talent show on NBC that aired from 2003...  more

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