Welcome to the CarterMatt Awards results! Throughout the final days of December we’re going to be sharing with you the end results of one of the greatest editions of these awards ever since we first started them six years ago. Hundreds of thousands of you voted, making this edition incredibly competitive and also a total blast to conduct. We hope that some of your favorites end up being among the winners this year! (Check out all of the categories and results over at the link here.)
Today, we have the results of our penultimate category of the year: Best Reality Star. We don’t think it takes a whole lot to explain why we really enjoy doing this award year in and year out — it’s a great opportunity to recognize people from a genre of TV that often get overlooked. TV is entertainment! We want to celebrate those who entertainment across all genres.
Also, being a great Reality Star often is a challenge — you’ve got to be entertaining enough to stand out in a large cast, and at the same time also be self-aware enough that you don’t come across as delusional or overly thirsty for fame. If you’re on a competitive show like a Survivor or Big Brother, you also have to be savvy to last long enough to make an imprint. There are a lot of different things that you need to juggle while reminding yourself that the whole purpose of your inclusion is to make viewers compelled by either your character or your story.
There were a number of great candidates this year, but in the end there was a pretty clear winner.
Ika Wong of Big Brother Canada is your pick for Best Reality Star
For the first time in the history of the CarterMatt Awards a reality star from a non-American show has taken home this (metaphorical) trophy, and a big part of the reason why is because we’re talking about one of the most entertaining reality TV personalities in recent memory. Ika’s a fantastic narrator, she’s organically funny, and she’s still vulnerable and relatable in a way that makes you root for her. She also is a great game-player and that’s something that appeals to any Big Brother viewer no matter if you’re watching the show in the United States or north of the border.
While Ika did not win season 5 of Big Brother Canada, you can argue that she did the next-best thing — leave the game with a lot of fans and a sterling reputation as a player. If she had made it to the end of the game, how do you give the victory to anyone else? The only thing that really did her in were competitions near the end of the game.
Ika had a pretty commanding victory in this category with more votes than the rest of the nominees combined. Survivor: Game Changers winner Sarah Lacina turned in a respectable performance, as did former The Bachelorette contestant Peter Kraus.
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