March Madness: Reality Competition

Our Reality Competition division is finally skating to an end. Triple axel your way under the cutting edge to see who remains, and how they achieved gold.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race sashayed into a win with 58.3 percent of the vote over The Bachelor, who crawled into a limo and sobbed all the way to the airport. Making It! hammered a victory with 72 percent of the vote. Top Chef hung up its knives and made an omelette for breakfast, relieved to be free of the burdens of a Celebrity Bracket Restaurant.

When it comes to these brackets, the shows are not here to make friends, they’re here to win. It’s a little more relaxed on the screen though;  Fiona is emotionally invested in both shows, so I’ll let her take over from here:

RuPaul’s Drag Race and Making It! both represent the very best of reality competition television. Both shows feature talented artists tackling new challenges within their chosen craft. Where RuPaul’s Drag Race fills time between challenges with gossip and personal stories wrenched from the queens, Making It! fills the space with silly puns and comical interactions from Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. 

Now in its eleventh season, RuPaul’s Drag Race has a massive fan base. Bars all over the country host watch parties for each new episode, queens from the show tour all over the world, and there is an annual convention for all things Drag Race.

Making It! is still in its infancy. They are currently working on season two, which has been promised to be even more exciting and challenging than the first season. Making It! started out with a much smaller group of competitors than most reality competition shows, but this is also commonplace for a show of this genre in its first season.

While starkly different, both shows highlight the beauty in camaraderie. The queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race talk of sisterhood. They are family; they fight and they gossip, but they also fiercely love each other. The contestants on Making It! may not be family, but their excitement for each other’s ideas and their overall kindness in spite of the competitive atmosphere is a beautiful thing to watch. 

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