December 28, 2006 12:01 AM by Joe Reality
It’s once again time for Reality TV Magazine’s lists of the top ten reality TV stars of the year. Just like last year, we have created separate lists for the top ten male reality TV stars of 2006 and the top ten female reality stars of 2006. Also, once again we have created a separate category for celebrities. The classification for celebrity is anyone who was famous before appearing on reality TV or any host or judge for a reality TV show.
It should come as no surprise that stars from American Idol, the #1 show in America, dominate the lists for non-celebrity reality stars. It should also come as no surprise that stars from Dancing with the Stars, the #2 show in America, dominate the list for celebrity reality stars.
With the Year 2006 being a banner year for reality TV stars, the list was tougher than ever to create. For example, the entire list could easily have consisted primarily of the Top Twelve American Idol finalists or the cast of Big Brother All-Stars, but we tried to pick standouts from a variety of shows. There were several more reality TV stars that we wanted to include, but if we had, then it wouldn’t have been a top ten list. We did however manage to up the count to eleven by including two Amazing Race teams.
Also, even though the order of the list will likely generate debate, it’s virtually impossible to rank reality TV stars from different types of reality shows. How can you compare the singing power of American Idol’s Taylor Hicks to the diabolical genius of Big Brother’s Will Kirby or the strategic gamesmanship of Survivor’s Yul Kown?
Top Ten Male Reality TV Stars of 2006
1. Taylor Hicks – American Idol 5
2. Dr. Will Kirby – Big Brother All Stars
3. Yul Kwon – Survivor Cook Islands
4. Chris Daughtry – American Idol 5
5. Elliot Yamin – American Idol 5
6. BJ & Tyler – Amazing Race 9
7. Mike “Boogie” Malin – Big Brother All Stars
8. Ozzy Lusth – Survivor Cook Islands
9. Benji Schwimmer – So You Think You Can Dance 2
10. Jeffrey Sebelia – Project Runway 3
Top Ten Female Reality Stars of 2006
1. Janelle Pierzina – Big Brother All Stars
2. Katharine McPhee – American Idol 5
3. New York – Flavor of Love 1 & 2
4. Heather West – Hell’s Kitchen 2
5. Laura Bennett – Project Runway 3
6. Kellie Pickler – American Idol 5
7. Bianca Ryan – America’s Got Talent
8. CariDee English – America’s Next Top Model 7
9. Storm Large – Rock Star Supernova
10. Lyn & Karlyn – Amazing Race 10
Top Ten Celebrity/Judges/Hosts Reality TV Stars of 2006
1. Simon Cowell
2. Emmitt Smith
3. Flavor Flav
4. Mario Lopez
5. Kathy Griffin
6. Dave Navarro
7. Paula Abdul
8. Drew Lachey
9. Stacy Keibler
10. David Hasselhoff
Do you agree or disagree with our top ten lists? Who else would you have included? Who would you have left off on our list? Please post your personal top ten lists in the comment section below.