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Buzz In: Who Are Your Favorite Reality Show Contestants?


We've talked a lot around here about the most heinous reality show contestants, the Omarosas and Wendy Peppers of the world who are — best case — the kind of folks you love to hate (and mostly just hate). But what about the reality show contestants you love to love, the ones that keep you going when things get nasty?

I was thinking about this because one of my favorite reality contestants, Tabatha Coffey of Shear Genius season one, is getting her own show on Bravo. As a contestant, Tabatha was witty, sharp-tongued, and maybe just a little unhinged, all of which made her a total joy for me to watch.

That show also had another of the greatest reality contestants in my book, the scrubs-wearing Dr. Boogie. I also have a sweet spot for Andrew from the most recent edition of Top Chef, 100 Proof from the The White Rapper Show, and Carrie Underwood back in her starry-eyed, crunchy-haired country girl days as an American Idol contestant.

Which reality show contestants have you actually enjoyed watching?

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Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
From Shear Genius 1, I liked Anthony, Tyson and Danna. I'm still not sure about Shear Genius 2, but I'm definitely watching Matthew. I think he and Nicole will mostly fly under the radar but turn out to have great talent. I was certainly glad to see Oshun be the first one out, his arrogance just grated on my nerves. Top Chef 4, I really wanted to see Richard win, but Sam definitely earned it. Andrew and Spike were fun as part of the mix of contestants. I'm getting tired of Padma, though. Really, her entire career is built on luck and marrying strategically. How about someone with some kind of culinary background: chef, cookbook author, restaurateur?
Allyace Allyace 8 years
I agree with all of the project runway nominations. Especially Santino...love that guy.
ktacce ktacce 8 years
love christian from project runway, also laura from project runway. and i LOVE LOVE LOVEDDDD sadie from "prince" Lorenzo's season of the Bachelor, she's to die for. I also liked Mallory on the Real World and Melissa from Real World (hello, how hilarious is princessmelissa.com?). And I liked Stephanie from Top Chef this year, and I really like DeAnna from the Bachelorette right now... wow I could keep going but I'll stop here. Wait, one last LOVE for Sadie. LOVE HER! :)
danielletbd danielletbd 8 years
Wow, 100 Proof? Really? That is surprising. Personally I always loved Sam from "Top Chef," as well as CJ from "Top Chef" (different seasons; different reasons). And of course the incomporable team of Coral and Mike The Miz on "The Real World" Challenges!!
nomadreader nomadreader 8 years
So, so many! I've been a huge Big Brother fan in the past, so I have to mention Janelle. I also adored Carrie Underwood when she was on Idol. She was the reason I watched that season. Also, Harold and Dave from Top Chef Season One.
azulskies azulskies 8 years
Nick Verreos from Project Runway, hands down. I LOVE him!
Cocoangel Cocoangel 8 years
Yes, Lacey, Benji & Travis were great to watch. Did you hear last week when Judge Adam said he had cast Lacey, and I think Travis, in a movie he's doing? Can't remember the name but I was practically screaming just for them!
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 8 years
Chris Daughtry from AI...I am still bitter about that but so happy he is doing so well....without having won! I loved Kameron Bink and lacey Schwimmer from SYTYCD and also Benji and Travis from the season before that. I do
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
- Santino Rice from Project Runway! - Kelly Clarkson and Ace Young from American Idol There are some others but I can't think of them right now...
Cocoangel Cocoangel 8 years
"Where's Andre?" I know, right? I was a big fan of the Jenni, the other girl who didn't get picked by last year's Bachelor Brad Womack.
misshouston misshouston 8 years
Santino Rice rules! I could a whole series of just him doing his Tim Gunn impersonation.
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