Must List poll: What is the best reality-competition TV show of the summer?

EW’s annual Must List issue is coming in June (get excited!), but until then we need your help. Each day for the next two weeks, we’ll be asking you a series of Must-y questions that you can conveniently vote on in poll form.

First up: reality-competition TV, of which there is plenty this summer. Does Tim Gunn’s calming presence put Project Runway on your Must List? Or does the fact that you can feed your voyeuristic tendencies by watching Big Brother on CBS, Showtime, and the Internet ( make it your top choice? Vote below!


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  • ciel

    The bachelorette, have you seen the bloopers?

  • Elizabeth

    I voted for Heidi & the Gang: I’m interested to see what, if any changes, happen with the move from Bravo to Lifetime.

  • RayT

    Definitely Big Brother! Everyone hates on that show (and most of the time, justifiably) but it was one of the original shows that kicked off the reality craze in America along with Survivor. (And brought us the Chenbot in primetime!) Every single person on it has been a complete idiot and a terrible human being, but who wants to spend their summer watching normal, polite, educated people? Boring! BB forever!

  • Jen C

    Sorry, my favorite is on cable… Next Food Network Star

  • sil

    How could you leave off Big Brother? This poll is meaningless without it!

  • virginia

    any show that cat deely hosts is my favorite..
    (STYCD for life)

  • to sil

    You do not watch Big Brother. Big Brother watches you.
    And actually, it IS on the list. And pulling 19% of the vote.

  • K

    SYTYCD isn’t just the best reality show of the summer, it’s the best reality show period. It’s got talent, heart, and the drama is kept to a minimum. I love Idol, but I find SYTYCD much more geniune and the results less pre-determined.

  • K

    And I wanted to add that Cat Deeley is the best reality show host in existance. She’s adorable, entertaining, and really seems to care about the contestants.

  • Laura K.

    Next Food Network Star is fun, but I wait for SYTYCD all year. I think it’s a MUCH better show than Idol, and I’m a singer who can barely dance. There’s a joy about it that really gets to me and tends to be missing from Idol.

  • Mavis

    Top Chef Masters starts in a couple weeks. How could that not make the cut of choices????

  • Sabrina

    As if! I laughed when I saw this headline, because even though I watch four out of the six shows on there, SYTYCD is NO CONTEST. It’s the best reality show period. I think I look forward to it more than any other show on TV (with the possible exception of Lost).


    Big Brother with out question, plus we get Chenbot 2.0 this year.

  • DanOregon

    I was kind of disappointed “I’m trapped inside a Japanese Game Show” isn’t back, but Wipeout should be on the list. Fantastic stuff. And one of the only shows that doesn’t take itself seriously.


    You missed Top Chef Masters that starts next week. That’s the one on my must see list. Although I voted for Project Runway, which won’t air until august. Also Hell’s Kitchen shouldn’t be on the list. It’s season ended last week.

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