From Tribal Councils to the Diving Board: Reality Competition Shows   by

Our culture is consumed with reality TV shows, and for good reason! What’s not to love? There is drama, talent, celebrity judges, voting and constant eliminations. As the competition becomes fierce and alliances waiver, these reality shows are hard to turn off. You don’t want to miss the drama, so set your TiVo!

 

 

Longest standing:

  • SurvivorSurvivor has been on the air since 2001, and just wrapped its 26th season. Host Jeff Probst continues to bring strangers together in remote, isolated locations for physical and mental challenges. Contestants must have quick wit and strong stomachs to survive. Who doesn’t dread the Tribal Council?
  • American IdolAmerican Idol just completed its 12th season as one of the premier singing competition shows. The show has seen numerous judges, amazing contestant performances, special musical performances and hilarious auditions since 2002. Kelly Clarkson paved the way for American Idol winners to achieve their dream in the music industry. From Jennifer Hudson and Chris Daughtry, to Fantasia Barrino and Adam Lambert, we’ve seen it all. And who could forget Larry Platt’s “Pants on the Ground” audition?

Newest:

  • Splash – Splash is a new show that premiered in March 2013 and follows 10 celebrities through diving training and competition. Each week, the contestants learn new dives that they then perform for the judges in front of a live audience. This new reality show has proved to be dangerous for many contestants. Four of the 10 withdrew from the competition! Did you watch the first season?
  • The American Baking Competition – This new reality show premieres May 29 on CBS and follows Jeff Foxworthy and 10 amateur bakers in weekly challenges. Get ready to watch as these bakers juggle their day jobs with their passion. Your stomach will growl as you follow this new show.

What’s your favorite reality competition to watch? Do you prefer music competitions or physical challenges? Tell us in the comments!

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