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The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win 

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List Rules Vote 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
CBS
Prize: $1,000,000 Survivor is a reality game show produced in many countries throughout the world. In the show, contestants are isolated in the wilderness and compete for cash and other prizes. The show uses a ...more

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The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
CBS
Prize: $1,000,000 split between winning teammates The Amazing Race is a reality television game show in which teams of two people, who have some form of a preexisting personal relationship, race around the world in competition with other teams. ...more

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Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
CBS
Prize: $500,000 Big Brother is a television reality game show based on an originally Dutch TV series of the same name created by producer John de Mol in 1997. The series follows a group of contestants, known as ...more

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America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
NBC
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, and part of the global British Got Talent franchise. It is a talent show that features singers, ...more

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The Voice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
NBC
Prize: $100,000 and a record deal 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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Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
Bravo
Prize: $125,000 and industry recognition Top Chef is an American reality competition show on the cable television network Bravo, that first aired in 2006, in which chefs compete against each other in culinary challenges. They are ...more

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Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
Fox Broadcasting Company
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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Chopped is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
Food Network
Prize: $10,000 and industry recognition
Chopped is an American reality based cooking television series created by Dave Noll and Michael Krupat, with executive producer Linda Lea, and hosted by Ted Allen that pits four chefs against ...more

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Dancing with the Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
CTV Television Network, American Broadcasting Company
Prize: The mirror ball trophy (plus a reported salary of $50,000 for each of the final two episodes)

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Project Runway is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
Bravo, Lifetime Television
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 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
Food Network
Prize: A Food Network series Food Network Star (Food Network, 2005) is a reality television series. A contest to find a well rounded great chef with a unique point of view and hosting type of personality to host their own

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Cutthroat Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
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Food Network
Just how far is a chef willing to go to win a cooking competition? Cutthroat Kitchen hands four chefs each $25,000 and the opportunity to spend that money on helping themselves or sabotaging ...more
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Last Comic Standing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
NBC
Prize: Industry recognition 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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So You Think You Can Dan... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
Fox Broadcasting Company
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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Fear Factor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
NBC
Fear Factor is an American stunt/dare reality game show. It originally aired between 2001 and 2006, when it was cancelled. It was later revived in 2011, only to be cancelled again on May 13, ...more

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America's Next Top Model... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
UPN, The CW Television Network
Prize: $100,000, industry recognition, and a fashion feature in Nylon Magazine America's Next Top Model is an American reality television series and interactive competition that premiered on May 20, 2003. It originally aired on UPN, whose merger with The WB created The CW ...more

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Skin Wars: Fresh Paint ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
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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The Circle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
Netflix
The Circle (Netflix, 2020) is an American reality competition series. The players move into an apartment building and never meet face-to-face, but instead communicate solely using their profiles ...more
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LEGO Masters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
Fox
LEGO Masters (Fox, 2020) is a American reality show based on a British series of the same name. Hosted by Will Arnett LEGO enthusiasts participate in a series of competitions that begin with a ...more

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American Idol is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
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Fox Broadcasting Company
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The X Factor (UK) is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
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ITV2, ITV, UTV
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America's Best Dance Cre... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
MTV, MuchMusic
Prize: $100,000 and industry recognition America's Best Dance Crew, often abbreviated as ABDC, is an American competitive dance reality television series that features both national and international dance crews. The show was produced ...more

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