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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

Actors: Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham

Premiered: 2000

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

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 21

Number of Episodes: 241

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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The Voice is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
NBC

Actors: Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 17

Number of Episodes: 437

Prize: $100,000 and a record deal The Voice (NBC, 2011) is an American reality television singing competition hosted by Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Nick Jonas, Blake Shelton, and Carson Daly. Based on the original The Voice of ...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

Actors: Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 14

Number of Episodes: 349

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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Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
CBS

Actors: Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 14

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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Dancing with the Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
CTV Television Network, American Broadcasting Company

Actors: Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 16

Number of Episodes: 292

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 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
Bravo

Actors: Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 136

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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Chopped is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
Food Network

Actors: Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 13

Number of Episodes: 155

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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Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
Fox Broadcasting Company

Actors: Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic, Scott Leibfried

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 141

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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Food Network Star is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
Food Network

Actors: Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 72

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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So You Think You Can Dan... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
Fox Broadcasting Company

Actors: Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 200

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) 12 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
NBC

Actors: Joe Rogan

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 142

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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Project Runway is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
Bravo, Lifetime Television

Actors: Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 54

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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American Idol is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
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Actors: Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 438

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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LEGO Masters is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
Fox

Actors: Will Arnett

Premiered: 2020

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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Last Comic Standing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
NBC

Actors: Jay Mohr, Ralphie May, Kathleen Madigan, Todd Glass, John Heffron, + more

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 75

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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Cutthroat Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
James Englebert added Food Network

Actors: Alton Brown, Simon Majumdar, Jet Tila

Premiered: 2013

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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America's Next Top Model... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
UPN, The CW Television Network

Actors: Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 19

Number of Episodes: 241

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) 19 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win

Actors: RuPaul

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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America's Best Dance Cre... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
MTV, MuchMusic

Actors: Mario Lopez, Layla Kayleigh, JC Chasez

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 19

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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The X Factor (UK) is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
UnbreakableNacho added ITV2, ITV, UTV

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 264

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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The Circle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win
Netflix

Actors: Michelle Buteau

Premiered: 2020

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