I’ve been working on this a list a while. I know it’s incomplete. In fact I am pretty sure there are shows that I have posted about on the blog that I forgot to include here. As always we’d love to hear from readers concerning any additions, omissions, or corrections.
1 vs 100 (NBC)
Hosted by actor-comedian Bob Saget a single player competes against one hundred contestants, nicknamed the “mob”, in answering a series of trivia questions, each of which is presented in a multiple-choice format (A,B,C) with three possible answers.
Age of Love (NBC)
The reality show pits women in their 20s against women in their 40s for the love of tennis star Mark Philippoussis.
Amanda – NHL Nashville Predators Dance Team.
Amanda, one of the women in her 20s, is a student at MTSU. She is featured in a Tennessee Lottery commercial and is a Shop At Home Network model. She’s also appeared in numerous music videos. In the end Mark chose Amanda.
Kelli – Los Angeles Raiderettes
Kelli, one of ladies in her 40s, is a legal secretary. She was sent home by Mark at the end of week 4.
Interview with Kelli after she left the show here.
The Amazing Race (CBS)
In The Amazing Race teams of two race around the world in competition with other teams.
Amie Barsky – Philadelphia Sixers Dancers, Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders
In the inaugural season of The Amazing Race Paul & Amie (aka Engaged Couple) got lost in the Tunisian Desert and were eliminated on the 5th leg of the race. Today they are married and working as actors in California.
Alison Irwin – Columbus Bombshells, Orlando Predators Prowlers
After finishing first in the first leg of the 5th edition of The Amazing Race, Allison her boyfriend Danny (aka Dating Couple) were eliminated in the very next leg. Their decision to take a bus rather than a taxi in Buenos Aires proved to be their undoing.
Marsha McCoy – Jacksonville ROAR
Marsha McCoy and her step-dad Jim (aka Military Dad & Daughter) were participants in the 5th edition of the Amazing Race. They were the third team eliminated when they ran into airline troubles in Argentina.
Cara Rosenthal & Jaime Edmondson – Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders
Cara and Jamie are partners on the 14th edition of The Amazing Race which began airing in February of 2009.
Cara and Jamie
America’s Best Dance Crew – (MTV)
America’s Best Dance Crew, which is often abbreviated as ABDC, features street dance crews from the United States. The show is produced by American Idol judge Randy Jackson, and is hosted by Mario Lopez.
Courtney and Sayree – Houston Comets Team NRG
Lindsay – Houston Texans Cheerleaders.
Courtney and Sayree were part of Distorted X, one of the 10 groups competing in season two. Unfortunately, Distorted X was the first team eliminated that season. Lindsay would go on to become a Houston Texans Cheerleader in 2009.
Miami Heat Dancers: Traci Young, Michelle Burgos, Wendy Simmons, Christina Pagan, Kare’lix Alicea, Gina Francis
These former Miami Heat Dancers appeared on the show during its third season.
America’s Cutest Puppies (Women’s Entertainment Television)
Everyone thinks their puppy is the cutest, but WEtv is on a mission to find THE cutest puppy in America.
America’s Got Talent (NBC)
It’ss a talent show that features singers, dancers, magicians, comedians and other performers of all ages competing for the advertised top prize of $1 million.
Dallas Desperados Dancers
On the third season of AGT the Dallas Desperados Dancers, performing as a group, made it all the way to Las Vegas and The Top 40 before being sent home.
American Idol (FOX)
Do I really have to explain American Idol?
Kristin Holt – Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
TCU grad Kristin was a semi-finalist on the first season of American Idol. She returned in the second season as a correspondent for the show. She’s is now the vocalist for the band Stranger Days, and is currently in the studio recording an album.
Kristin performs on American Idol
Nikky Williams – Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders, Georgia Force Cheerleaders, af2 Macon Knightingales. Atlanta Braves Tomahawk Team
In the Atlanta auditions in the first season of American Idol Nikki set expectations decidedly low by saying, “I’m not as good as y’all.” But hey, the way she said it was cute. She was very patriotic, wearing a shirt that looked like the American flag. Apparently, Simon Cowell was feeling patriotic as well, as he told her “You have something rare in this competition…it’s called personality.” And she was off to Hollywood.
Nadia Turner – Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders
In season four of American Idol Nadia made it all the way to the Final Eight before being eliminated. She’s now a successful recording artist and recently made her acting debut.
Are You Hot? (ABC)
Subitiled: The Search for America’s Sexiest People. A panel of judges including Lorenzo Lamas, Rachel Hunter and Randolph Duke evaluated contestants on the sole criterion of their physical attractiveness.
Amber Lancaster – Seattle Seagals
Amber was a contestant during the show’s only season.
Average Joe (NBC)
Average Joe tried to get 16 ordinary men to win over the heart of a beauty queen.
Melana Scantlin – Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders
A former Miss Missouri USA, Melana was the star of the first season of Average Joe. She was expecting to start off meeting a bunch of hunks, but was instead inundated with mostly plain-looking and/or obese suitors. Later on in the show, three model types of men were brought in to compete against the Average Joes. She chose “pretty boy” Jason Peoples over “average Joe” Adam Mesh.
The Bachelor (ABC)
The series revolves around a bachelor courted by 25 women. The show follows the bachelor as he goes on a series of dates with the women, some of them group dates, some one-on-one dates.
Cole Martin – Oakland Raiderettes
Cole was on The Bachelor: Paris. She survived the first rose ceremony, but was sent home at the end of the second episode.
Mary Delgado – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mary was originally on season four of “The Bachelor” with Bob Guiney. She made it through to the final three Bachelorettes before being sent home without a rose. On season six of “The Bachelor,” Mary was brought back to compete for the heart of professional bass fisherman Byron Velvick, who gave Mary the final rose.
Ali Dudek – Seattle Sea Gals, Seattle Sonics Dance Team
Ali was on The Bachelor: Paris. On the first episode Dr. Travis Stork was forced to send half the women home and Ali was one of them.
Julie Dudra – San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush
Julie was on Season Five and the Bachelor was NY Giants backup QB Jesse Palmer. On a group date they helped build a house for Habitat for Humanity. Julie left after the third episode.
Gina – Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders
In season 7 Gina had a kicking contest when she met Bachelor Charlie O’Connell. She was sent home after the second rose ceremony.
Jenni – Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Miami Heat Dancers, Phoenix Suns Dancers
Jenni made it all the way to the final rose ceremony on The Bachelor 11 before Bachelor Brad inexplicably chose neither lady.
Kindle – Dallas Mavericks Dancers, Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders
Kindle got to fence with Season 7 Bachelor Charlie O’Connell, but was sent home after the 4th rose ceremony.
Trista Rehn-Sutter – Miami Heat Dancers
Trista was the runner-up on the first season of The Bachelor.
Melissa Rycroft – Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
Melissa was a bachelorette on the 13th edition of the show.
Kari – Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders
Kari, an advertising executive, was sent home after the third rose ceremony of season 13.
Emily – Columbus Crewzers
Emily a fit model was sent home after the first Rose Ceremony of Season 14
Kimberly – Oklahoma City Thunder Girls
Kimberly was also sent home after the first Rose Ceremony of Season 14
The Bachelorette (ABC)
A spin-off series from The Bachelor, The Bachelorette follows one woman in the search for her own Mr. Right from a pool of 25 eligible young men
Trista Rehn-Sutter – Miami Heat Dancers
Trista was the first bachelorette. She selected Ryan Sutter. The couple’s televised wedding, broadcast as the finale of a three-episode special Trista & Ryan’s Wedding drew over 26 million viewers. They now live in Colorado and are expecting their first child.
Beauty & The Geek (WB)
Billed as “The Ultimate Social Experiment” 8 “beauties” (young women who have relied primarily on their looks thus far in life) and 8 “geeks” (young men who have relied primarily on intellect and are socially inept) are paired up to compete as couples.
Krystal Tini – Philadelphia Sixers Dancers
Krystal and her partner Mensa member Bard Hooker were eliminated in week three.
Beg Borrow and Deal (ESPN)
The show pitted two teams of four against each other. The object of the game was to get from one point to another by doing various tasks related to sports. The first team to complete a minimum number of tasks and have all members cross the finish line together won the game. There was one major catch: contestants could not carry money, credit cards, or debit cards with them on the trip.
Aubrey Aquino – Sacramento Kings Fast Break Dance Team, Oakland Raiderettes, Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders
Aubrey had some great adventures including catching a pass at Veteran’s Stadium, but her team (Team Contact) did not win.
Aubrey writes about her experience here.
Big Brother (CBS)
A number of people live together full-time in a ‘Big Brother House’, isolated from the outside world but under the continuous gaze of television cameras.
Alison Irwin – Columbus Bombshells, Orlando Predators Prowlers
On Big Brother 4 Alison finished runner-up to Jun Song after eighty-two days in the house, for which she received $50,000. In 2006 Alison returned to the Big Brother house to take part in the All Stars edition. She was the first to be eliminated by a vote of 8-2.
During Big Brother 6 Jennifer survived the longest competition in Big Brother history, a fourteen hour endurance challenge, by outlasting and deceiving Kaysar. She was evicted on Day 48.
Jennifer also appeared in “Idiocracy” a Mike Judge film (20th Century Fox), “Prison Break” (seasons 2 & 3) and various commercials and print for AT&T, Boost Mobile, Yahoo, Quicken Software, Bank of America, Texas Lottery among others.
Blind Date (Syndicated)
During each episode, people who did not know each other were paired up and sent off on a blind date. The cameras followed their every move, while commentary in the form of subtitles, animations, and “thought bubbles” was added by the show’s producers. The show was hosted by Roger Lodge.
Imani went on a date in NYC. She laughs and says it was horrible.
The Celebrity Apprentice (NBC)
Donald Trump returns with a celebrity only edition of his franchise reality show. This time instead of competing for a job with the Donald, contestants battle for their favorite charities.
Tiffany Fallon – Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders
Tiffany was the first person fired in the boardroom after her team lost a hot dog selling challenge.
TV Guide interviewed Tiffany after her firing here.
Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
The concept of the show is to pair a celebrity with a professional dancer in an attempt to win a high score from a panel of three judges and then a high number of votes from the viewers, who can call in and vote online.
The series follows the lives of six dancers trying to break into the world of professional dance and trying to “make it” in Hollywood.
Deal or No Deal (NBC)
Each game starts with the contestant selecting one of the cases—this first case’s value is not known until the game ends. During the rest of the game, the contestant opens the rest of the cases, one at a time, revealing its value.
Bonnie-Jill Laflin – Golden State Warrior Girls, San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Los Angeles Xtreme Cheerleaders
Bonnie-Jill held briefcase #15 during the very first week the show aired. She is now a scout for the Lakers and the assistant general manager for the NBDL Los Angeles Defenders.
Krissy Carlson – Anaheim Angels Cheerleaders, Los Angeles Xtreme Cheerleaders (XFL), Portland BlazerDancers, NLL Portland LumberJax Dance Team
In 2008 Krissy began holding Briefcase #16.
Dog Eat Dog (NBC)
Contestants nominated who they thought would fail a given challenge, which would either be a mental or physical one. If they failed, they went to the “Loser’s Bench,” and if they won, they got to choose who went to that area of the studio.
Lisa Ligon – Washington Redskins Cheerleaders, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
Lisa was the big winner walking away with $25,000 on the second episode of the series.
In a special NFL Cheerleader edition of Dog Eat Dog Tiffany (Jacksonville ROAR), Michelle (Broncos Cheerleaders), Nicole (Eagles Cheerleaders) Angela (Cincinnati Ben-Gals) Sheila (Seattle Sea Gals) and Ayesha (Buccaneers Cheerleaders) squared off against one another. Angela was the last Cheerleader standing, but when she went up against the dog pound, the losers ended up winning and split $25,000 five ways.
Read Sheila’s account of the episode here.
Fame aired in the summer of 2003. The show was essentially NBC’s attempt to duplicate the success of mega-hit American Idol.
Shannon Bex- Portland BlazerDancers
Shannon took second place. The top four finalists competed in the final epsiode. During the show, the four were cut to just two, Shannon and Harlemm Lee. Shannon performed the disco classic, I will Survive, and received a standing ovation. She’s now a member of the girl group Danity Kane.
Family Feud (Syndicated)
A television game show that pits two families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people.
Layla El – Miami Heat Dancers
During the week of November 5, 2007, Layla appeared on an episodes of with other wrestlers including Ric Flair.
Fear Factor (NBC)
The show pits contestants against each other to complete a series of stunts better and/or quicker than all the other contestants for a grand prize of $50,000.
Krisandra – Minnesota Timberwolves Dancers, Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders, Minnesota Swarm Performance Team
Krisandra ate three African Cave Dwelling Spiders in her second stunt. In the next stunt involving Las Vegas taxi cabs suspended 100 feet in the air Krisandra was eliminated when her jump between the two taxis failed.
Nekesha Givens – Orlando Magic Dancers
Nekesha was on a special all-female edition of NBC’s Fear Factor. In the first stunt a square, rotating platform spun above the water near the dock. Each lady would start atop the platform and make her way to a rope hanging from a far corner. The rope crossed down the center of the square to a smaller, lower platform. By climbing down the rope and releasing a Fear Factor flag, the ladies would complete the stunt.
In the second stunt Joe Rogan revealed a tank filled with electric eels! He then explained that each eel contained over 1,000 volts of electricity! Players had to transfer six eels from one side of tank to the other – using only one hand to avoid a deadly shock. Nekesha was up first and struggled to grab the eels. With each grab, she recoiled from the stinging shock. In 56 seconds, she transferred the six eels.
In the third stunt a barrel was suspended from a helicopter. Each girl would have to ride the barrel like a bucking bronco as it swayed and spun above the water. Nekesha went last needing to last 36 seconds to win, however, at 28 seconds she fell.
Tamica Lee – New Orleans Saintsations
Tamica started off strong. The first stunt was to navigate a rigging system and climb out onto two separate poles and release flags. The catch was that the entire rig was on topof a 90-ton dump truck that would be in motion the entire time. On last stunt a car was placed on a giant bar-b-cue spit and rotated faster and faster. Contestants had to collect 16 flags attached to the car. Tamica collected 8 finishing third.
Terra Watson – Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
A scaffold-like structure is suspended over the water. Contestants must climb a rope ladder, make it to the other end using only their hands, release the flag, and fall into the water while the structure is spinning. The 2 men and 2 women that make it the fastest or farthest will move on.
Terra it up the ladder, but grabs onto the scaffold facing the wrong way. She manages to spin around and decides that the best way to handle this obstacle is to just hang there. Terra hangs on for a few seconds before losing her grip in 50.3 seconds and doesn’t advance to the next challenge.
For Love or Money (NBC)
It’s basically a dating game show where the chosen winner will choose to stay with the bachelor or will take home a million dollars but without any further contact with the bachelor.
Andrea Langi – Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders
I’d Do Anything (ESPN)
Sports fans who dream of playing golf with Tiger or joining Serena Williams for an afternoon of tennis, could see their dreams become reality if they have a friend or loved one willing to ‘do anything’ for them.
In one episode 4 NBA Dancers competed against each other.
Brooke Bandura Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders- Phoenix Suns Dancers
Brooke played for her nephew, 9-year old Jacob Talbot, whose dream is to ride with Jeff Gordon.
Deanna Clover – Orlando Magic Dancers
Deanna played for her mom, Donna Jo Hinson, whose dream is to cycle with Lance Armstrong.
After winning a competition called ‘The 5K Buffet’, in which contestants had to complete eight laps around a track while downing a half pound of food between each lap, Kate, four pounds heavier, advanced to the finals.
In the finals, contestants had to complete a series of underwater tasks, with only a small hole in which to surface for air. The rest of the pool surface was set ablaze, and a face full of fire awaited anyone that tried to surface in the wrong spot.
She won the final competition, and the opportunity to fulfill a dream for her dad.
More on Kate’s victory here.
Match Game (CBS/Syndicated)
Hosted by Gene Rayburn, and remembered for the bawdy and sometimes rowdy humor as contestants tried to match six celebrities answers.
Michelle Turner – Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders
Michele also appeared as a contestant in the late 70’s and won $1,000.00.
Meet My Folks (NBC)
On Meet My Folks u the parents of a 20-something female get to choose between three male bachelors. The parents get to know the singles and so does their child. The bachelors spend three days with their potential Miss Right — and her family in their home. During the course of the long weekend, each contestant’s character and intentions are put to the test through a series of revealing conversations and interactions with the parents of their potential love match. The ultimate victor will enjoy a week in Hawaii with the woman of his dreams – if he gets her family’s blessings.
Janelle – San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush
Janelle’s parents chose the charming 22-year old and recent college grad Dylan to go to Hawaii with them and Janelle.
More on Janelle’s episode here.
Paradise Hotel (FOX)
Paradise Hotel aired in 2003. In the show, a group of single people live in a luxurious hotel resort, competing to see who can stay in the hotel the longest. Periodically, someone is removed from the show, and others are brought in to replace them. Each week couples pair off and must share a hotel room together. One person is left over, and he or she has to leave.
Amy – Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders
Amy, who’s now one of the Sweethearts for Soldiers, was a guest on Paradise Hotel.
Popularity Contest (CMT)
The contestants hailing from big cities around the nation are dropped into the small town of Vega, Texas, where they live for 28 days. The winner voted “most popular” is awarded $100,000. The twist? At the first town meeting, the town’s residents find out that they will be in contention for a piece of the prize. The person voted “most popular” will award a cash prize to the resident of his or her own choice. A game that begins with 10 contestants turns into a game played by the whole town.
The Price is Right (CBS)
A five-year veteran of the DCC, Tandra spent a week in 1994 auditioning to be one of Barker’s Beauties.
Bob Barker talks to Tandra.
Melanie Snare – Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders
In 2006 coming off her Pro Bowl appearance Melanie won a trio Sports Stuff Towables and a digital electric piano and made it all the way to the Showcase Showdown.
Read more about Melanie’s appearance here.
Annette Quinn – Los Angeles/Oakland Raiderettes
Annette also auditioned as one of Barker’s Beauties on the fall of 1995.
Jen (Mosely) Ryen – Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
Since 2003 Jen has been one of the rotating models on The Price is Right. Thanks to the show’s flexible schedule she continues to also appear in independent films and television series.
Jen at imdb.com
Project Runway (Bravo)
Contestants compete with each other to create the best clothes and are usually restricted in time, materials, and theme. Their designs are judged and one or more designers are eliminated each week.
Layla El – Miami Heat Dancers
In February 2008 Designers had use their unexpected clients – the WWE Divas including Layla – to create a fantasy and use their designs to tell a story.
The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll (The CW)
The series followed a group of young women as they went through an audition process to join the girl group, the Pussycat Dolls. The contestants, who also lived together during the course of the series, were groomed by the group’s founder Robin Antin and were judged on their vocal and dancing ability.
After being declared the winner of The Search for the Next Doll, CW’s head of programming, Dawn Orstroff explained that, Asia will not be the next doll, because in an overtly bold move, she skipped all the way to pursuing a solo career.
¿Qué Dice la Gente? (Univision)
A Spanish Language version of Family Feud
In 2007 a team of NFL Cheerleaders competed against a group of actors and comedians from Mexico. On the Cheerleaders side were:
Edith recounts her experience here.
R U the Girl? (UPN)
The show was a reality TV singing talent search contest for a talented person to appear on the next single of the all-female R&B band of TLC whose former member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes died in a car crash in Honduras in April 2002.
Meah Pace – Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders
Meah made it all the way to the semi-finals on R U the Girl?. She’s now a successful R&B artist and actress. From 2001-05 Meah was a member of a three girl R&B singing group called “Red”.
The Real World (MTV)
The show focuses on the lives of seven strangers who audition to live together in a house for several months, as cameras record their interpersonal relationships. The show moves to a different city each season. First broadcast in 1992, The Real World is the longest-running program in MTV history.
Road Rules (MTV)
MTV’s second reality show debuted in 1995. The series followed six strangers between the ages of 18 and 24 (five strangers in the first four seasons) after stripping them of their money and putting them on an RV traveling from location to location only guided by a set of clues and a mission to complete at each location.
Michelle Parma – Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
Michelle on the third seeason, Road Rules: Europe.
Michelle died in a tragic car accident in 2002.
Show Me the Money (ABC)
A short-lived television game show hosted by William Shatner
Eva – Los Angeles Clipper Spirit Squad
Eve was one the 13 “$1,000,000 Dancers” who held a scroll with a mystery dollar amount (think Brief Case Babes on Deal or No Deal).
In 2007 Eve won the 2007 WWE Diva Search.
So, You Think You Can Dance?
The show has a similar premise to the American Idol series of singing competitions, with nationwide auditions leading to the discovery of the next big star. All contestants have to work their way through a rigorous audition process, and, over the course of the show, are assigned different dance styles and partners each week to test their versatility.
Sandra Colton – Laker Girls
Sandra appeared on the show’s first season and was voted off in the first episode.
Ashlee Nino – Dallas Desperados Dancers
Ashley was on the show’s second season. She made it to week five before she was voted off the show. Ashley is currently touring with Miley Cyrus & Hannah Montana Best of Both Worlds Concert.
Courtney Galiano – Knicks City Dancers
In the 4th season of SYTYCD, Courtney made it to the season finale, but ultimately finished in 4th place.
WWE Tough Enough (MTV)
A show produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and MTV wherein participants underwent professional wrestling training and competed for a contract with WWE.
Imani – Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders
In the second season of the show Imani was a Top 20 Finalist and appeared on the Casting Special in Las Vegas.
Nine strangers are locked in a bunker and told they cannot leave until they unanimously choose to award one of them the grand prize money. Contestants are isolated from the outside world, and have no access to any time references. If a contestant leaves the bunker, the amount of the available prize is cut in half.
Wade Robson Project (MTV)
In 2003 MTV aired The Wade Robson Project a dance contest hosted by famed choreographer Wade J. Robson.
At the LA auditions, Jersey’s freestyle skills came in handy. (“At the auditions, I just showed off with what I would do at work,” she says. “I was totally fearless.”) After surviving two cuts, Jersey was chosen for the show and asked to fly back to L.A. one month later. “When I told my parents I was going to L.A., my mom was like, ‘You’re crazy!’ My dad warned me, ‘These people can spin on their heads; they’re amazing.’ I said, ‘You know what, Dad? I’m amazing, too.’” Wade and friends agreed—Jersey was selected as the show’s first runner-up.
WWE Diva Search (USA)
The WWE Diva Search is a talent competition held by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). The aim of the contest is to find the newest WWE Diva to add to the WWE roster.
Layla El – Miami Heat Dancers
In 2006 Layla won the $250,000 WWE Diva Search. During the week of November 5, 2007, Layla appeared on an episodes of Family Feud with other wrestlers including Ric Flair. And earlier this month Layla and other WWE Divas appeared on Bravo’s Project Runway. Designers had use their unexpected clients – the WWE Divas – to create a fantasy and use their designs to tell a story.