The 10 Greatest Reality-Competition Show Hosts
Ten years after Survivor first aired, the craze of reality-competition still hasn't plateaued in terms of sheer ingenuity or fervor. What's just begun, however, is formal appreciation of the reality-competition host. The Emmys began awarding reality emcees only in 2008, meaning an entire televised profession is unaware of its greatest practitioners. That's why Movieline is stepping in to rank the 10 greatest reality-competition hosts working today, from chef skewerers to tribal council tribunals. Our No. 1 gives an unforgettable performance.
10. Padma Lakshmi
When Lakshmi took over Katie Lee Joel's role as Top Chef empress in season two, the world sighed satisfactorily into its truffle mac-'n-cheese. Padma's a smooth-talking critic and game manipulator of whimpering sous-chef fates.
9. Cat Deeley
The So You Think You Can Dance hostess never wavers in her slick enunciation and competitor sympathies. In fact, the one label Deeley always warrants is "dependable." Now that she's added hosting gigs on Who Wants to be a Millionaire and GSN's 20Q to her canon, she's primed to vault further into America's need for solid masters of ceremonies.
8. Tyra Banks
"You're still in the running towards becoming America's Next Top Model" is Ginsbergian doggerel compared to other reality trademarks, but Tyra consistently makes long-winded catchphrases and judgments work. Now in it's 344th cycle (approx.), America's Next Top Model needs Tyra if its going to maintain the patina of believability that coats this sheer, hollering insanity.
7. Phil Keoghan
Keoghan's man's-manliness punctuates The Amazing Race with an aloof touch. Phil's not greeting you with unicorn whinnies and ice cream trucks when you find him at Angkor Wat -- he nods like a lieutenant colonel and grants a terse acknowledgment of a job well done. He reminds you that you're a fighter -- not just a camera-ready blubberer with spinoff potential.
6. Gordon Ramsay
Hosts like Gordon Ramsay who hate most contestants are divine -- and that's just the amuse bouche. Gordon Ramsay's towel-slamming totalitarianism makes Hell's Kitchen an endorphin blitz for the home viewer, as well as a hefty slice of the underworld for the competing chefs. Delectable always.
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