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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at U Ottawa chapter.

Have you ever thought about starring in a reality T.V. show? There are so many to choose from, but which one would be right for YOU? Lucky for you, I have compiled a short list of the most popular reality T.V. shows with their pros and cons to help you decide which one would fit you best.

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The Bachelor/Bachelorette


  • One of the most watched reality shows so you’d be instantly famous (get ready to be an Instagram influencer) 
  • Get to live in the Bachelor mansion in L.A. and hopefully travel the world (if you make it far enough) 
  • Get to meet Chris Harrison!!!!
  • Lots of alcohol (if you like to drink)
  • Maybe you will end up engaged
  • Get to know lots of amazing people through Bachelor nation
  • Maybe you will get to go on Bachelor in Paradise (Hello, Mexico!)


  • America and the rest of the world are constantly judging you
  • You might get your heart broken
  • The producers might manipulate you or show parts of you, you don’t want others to see
  • Your privacy is gone 
  • No connection to the outside world while on the show
  • The producers own your rights for two years after the show ends 
  • You have to put your life on hold for an unknown period of time
  • You bring your own clothes and makeup so get ready to spend lots of $$

Notes: You have to be at least 21 years old and pass a psychological exam before being accepted.

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The Voice


  • Get to meet the super ultra-famous judges
  • If you get past the auditions, you get to be coached by one of those ultra-famous judges
  • Not judged for your appearance since the auditions are blind! 
  • Lots of cool opportunities in the singing world post show 
  • Your coach will push you out of your comfort zone
  • Fame!!!


  • If singing isn’t your forte, this might not be for you
  • Might not always get positive feedback (but criticism makes you stronger so it’s okay!)



  • You get to go to a very pretty tropical island
  • You’ll get to meet Jeff Probst
  • You have the opportunity to win 1 million dollars
  • You learn a lot about yourself
  • You get to partake in super fun challenges that push you mentally and physically


  • Have to make your own shelter and gather your own food (I hope you enjoy rice)
  • You will most likely be backstabbed by your team (blindsiding is the name of the game)
  • You might not always like your tribe mates
  • No showers (the ocean is very nice though)
  • No connection to the outside world while on the show

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The Amazing Race


  • You’ll get to travel the world
  • You get to choose your teammate (choose wisely)
  • You get to take part in super fun and unique challenges
  • Might win cool prizes along the way if you place well


  • You might end up fighting with your partner a lot
  • You will definitely get frustrated a lot 
  • You need to read the clues 

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Love is Blind


  • Fall in love with personality rather than looks
  • Instant fame
  • Very unique experience not many can say they’ve taken part in
  • Might meet your soulmate


  • Everyone is judging you again
  • All your vulnerabilities will be aired on live T.V.
  • Might end up heartbroken

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America’s Got Talent


  • Can perform any talent you have (legit anything!)
  • Get to meet super cool people along the way with extraordinary talents
  • Get to perform for thousands of people live plus the millions watching
  • Another million dollars are up for grabs if you win


  • The judges and America can be harsh
  • The buzzer is aggressively loud and scary


Get ready for your auditions and best of luck on the road to fame! 

Victoria Paller

U Ottawa '22

Just a west coast girl living on the east coast. I love fitness, cooking, hockey, baking, snowboarding and my cat. I hope you like my blogs :-)
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