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The Reality Shows You Would Most Want to Win

Updated August 4, 2020 4.7k votes 848 voters 25.8k views27 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

    Premiered2000

    Prize: $1,000,000
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    The Amazing Race

    Phil Keoghan

    Premiered2001

    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 Voice3
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    The Voice

    Adam Levine, Blake Shelton

    Premiered2011

    Prize: $100,000 and a record deal
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  • America's Got Talent4
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    America's Got Talent

    Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel

    Premiered2006

    Prize: $1,000,000 and a 10-week guest spot at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas
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  • Big Brother5
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    Big Brother

    Julie Chen, Phil Proctor

    Premiered2000

    Prize: $500,000
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  • Dancing with the Stars6
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    Dancing with the Stars

    Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba

    Premiered2005

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

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  • Top Chef7
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    Top Chef

    Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons

    Premiered2006

    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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  • Chopped8
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    Chopped

    Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli

    Premiered2009

    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 Kitchen9
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    Hell's Kitchen

    Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic

    Premiered2005

    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 Masters10
    17
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    LEGO Masters

    Will Arnett

    Premiered2020

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

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  • Win the Wilderness11
    7
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    Win the Wilderness

    Nicholas Tennant

    Premiered2020

    Win the Wilderness (Netflix, 2020) is a British reality adventure competition documentary...  more
  • Food Network Star12
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    Food Network Star

    Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis

    Premiered2005

    Food Network Star (Food Network, 2005) is a reality television series. A contest to find a...  more

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  • We're Here13
    5
    2

    We're Here

    Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O'Hara

    Premiered2020

    We're Here (HBO, 2020) is a six-part television reality series and a spin-off of RuPaul's Drag...  more
  • Too Hot to Handle14
    5
    2

    Too Hot to Handle

    Desiree Burch

    Premiered2020

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

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  • Fear Factor15
    15
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    Fear Factor

    Ludacris, Mark Beech

    Premiered2017

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

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  • Project Runway16
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    Project Runway

    Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum

    Premiered2004

    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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  • The Circle17
    8
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    The Circle

    Michelle Buteau

    Premiered2020

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

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  • Cutthroat Kitchen18
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    Cutthroat Kitchen

    Alton Brown, Simon Majumdar

    Premiered2013

    Just how far is a chef willing to go to win a cooking competition? Cutthroat Kitchen hands...  more
  • Floored19
    5
    5

    Floored

    Liza Koshy, Will 'Wildabeast' Adams

    Premiered2020

    Floored (Quibi, 2020) is a short dance reality television series hosted by Liza Koshy. Two...  more

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  • American Idol20
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    American Idol

    Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson

    Premiered2002

    American Idol is an American singing competition series created by Simon Fuller and produced...  more

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  • Last Comic Standing21
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    Last Comic Standing

    Jay Mohr, Ralphie May

    Premiered2003

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

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  • America's Next Top Model22
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    America's Next Top Model

    Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House

    Premiered2003

    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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    Premiered2016

    Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN, 2016) is a body painting reality competition. Hosted by RuPaul,...  more
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    12
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    So You Think You Can Dance

    Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe

    Premiered2005

    So You Think You Can Dance is an American televised dance competition show that airs on Fox in...  more

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  • America's Best Dance Crew25
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    America's Best Dance Crew

    Mario Lopez, Layla Kayleigh

    Premiered2008

    Prize: $100,000 and industry recognition
    America's Best Dance Crew, often abbreviated as ABDC, is an American competitive dance reality...  more

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