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Feb 13, 2012 03:31 PM

serial reality show contestants

I was watching the "Worst Cooks" first episode last night (yes I'm embarrassed) and one of the contestants (who as I recall actually won from her team) I'm pretty sure was also on "Millionaire Matchmaker". She's an attractive woman who is a "professional poker player" (she was the millionaire). It reminded me that Naesha (sp?) on Top Chef was also on the show that was about chefs trying out for executive chef positions, and that another "millionaire matchmaker" guy trying to find a partner was the same guy that was a real estate agent on one of those "million dollar real estate" shows. Some of these, as far as I know, are even "cross-network" (I don't think Bravo and Food Network are connected, are they?)

Are there really so few people out there who want to be on TV that they need to try out in multiple genres?

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  1. I think she was on "The Amazing Race."

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    1. re: Firegoat

      I've never seen "Amazing Race" so if she was, she's been on three shows....

      1. re: Firegoat

        OMG, you're right. I didn't even recognize her.

        And, yeah, being attractive doesn't hurt...


        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          I kind of laughed when I went to the foodnetwork site for the show. It has Anne and Bobby with all their cheftestants to the side in their aprons.... except for the poker girl, her head is bigger than anyone else's (looks like a paid head shot) and no apron. I also noticed that we didn't get to hear who nominated her. Nor did we get to see her grilled cheese sandwich.

          1. re: Firegoat

            That is funny.

            I notice the bread for her grilled cheese sandwich was torn. C'mon, really?


        2. re: Firegoat

          And there was a team on Amazing Race who raise goats and have a show on the Cooking Channel.

          1. re: chicgail

            yep, the Beeman Bria or something like that.
            and.......Stasshi (sp?) from AR is on Vanderpump Rules.

            1. re: iL Divo

              Interesting. What did she do on AR? She annoys the hell out of me.

              1. re: southernitalian

                she was on during the family version of Amazing Race so her family participated. she was annoying then too

        3. It's a network thing. You see Bravo contestants on other Bravo shows, VH1 on VH1, MTV on MTV, etc. The networks get to produce more for less work and money.

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          1. re: viperlush

            But in this case I don't think it was same network-- the Poker player was on FN, on Bravo, and apparently whatever network "Amazing Race" was on. I'm not so surprised when a single network finds an "interesting" character and then re-uses them, but if it's cross-network it seems to be more that the contestant has figured that this is going to be their "career" for awhile.

            1. re: DGresh

              I wouldn't be surprised if they were some how connected. It seems like they all are. But I do agree that some of these participants are career "reality stars". Might as well.

              1. re: DGresh

                I don't think it hurts that she's an attractive woman and pretty telegenic. The TV camera really likes her, that probably counts for a lot when they are casting these shows. Plus it gives her something to do during her downtime when not playing poker.

                1. re: DGresh

                  There are a lot of companies that produce shows for a variety of networks

         - worst cooks

                  Earthview inc - amazing race


              2. Jay on (FOX) Hell's Kitchen was previously on FN's Chopped.

                1. ... another "millionaire matchmaker" guy trying to find a partner was the same guy that was a real estate agent on one of those "million dollar real estate" shows"

                  Yes, that was Madison Hildebrand from Million Dollar Listing. <> It makes sense for Bravo to try to generate new watchers for MDL by putting him on Millionaire Matchmaker and vise versa.

                  I've never seen a "cross-network" example. That is harder to explain.

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                  1. re: woodleyparkhound

                    Many of these "reality contestants" are wanna-be actors/musicians/ miscellaneous trying-to-make-it Hollywood transplants, and try out for these shows just like a role in any "scripted" program or series. They are certainly not discouraged from "fleshing out" their characters, to the point of borderline fabrication/lying, and would have "applied" to a different network for, literally, a new job in the "cross-network" cases you've cited, IMHO. (I had a musician GF who'd tried out for a network "reality" series, and was encouraged to come up with a more exciting background story for herself; she went in "lying her ass off" and made the cut, only to bow out for personal reasons.)

                  2. It might also be an audition thing. As in, there is a casting call for all sorts of reality shows. Your CV is submitted, and your agent has an eye out for these things. You have experience on one reality show so you know the ropes. And the advantage of hiring you is because you have kind of a "face recognition" so it may entice more people to your show if a familiar face is there.
                    I think being a reality show contestant is almost a profession these days, instead of a "one of" sort of thing.

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                    1. re: freia

                      Another contestant on "Millionaire Matchmaker" (she was picked by one of the millionaires to go on the final date" is now a regular on that horrible show on the Style network, "Big Rich Texas"... Also, the "house mother/counselor" on Celebrity Rehab was hanging out with Brandi Glanville at the Sur opening on RHOBH...

                      Yes, I watch too much "reality" TV...