We all know that celebrities love to show off on the telly. Some sing, some dance, some eat bugs… but do any of them do all of these things?
It was this very question that prompted the RadioTimes.com Reality TV Audit, a high-level scientific probe into the prevelance of “celebrities” on our screens.
And the winner is… Kerry Katona! Yes, that’s right, our hours of painstaking research and analysis have concluded that the 32-year-old former songstress is not only Queen of the Jungle (2004), but also Queen of ALL reality television.
Katona, who started her career as a pop princess in Nineties group Atomic Kitten, has managed to get six different reality shows under her belt, leaving fellow Atomic Kitten members Liz McClarnon and Natasha Hamilton nowhere to be seen (McClarnon has only managed three with ITV2’s upcoming The Big Reunion, Celebrity Love Island and Celebrity Masterchef, whereas Hamilton has only racked up an appearance on Big Reunion).
The queen of reality TV’s roll of honour includes memorable(?) appearances on Celebrity Come Dine With Me, Celebrity Wedding Planner, WINNING the third series of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! in 2004, and coming second to Paddy Doherty in 2011’s Celebrity Big Brother. Inbetween these two career-defining moments, Katona was a contestant on series six of Dancing on Ice, but was eliminated in week five after a skate-off against arch reality-rival Jeff Brazier.
Brazier has tried his very best to take Kerry’s crown, notching up an impressive five reality show appearances, putting him in second place. Working at a much faster pace than Katona, Brazier has only been in the public eye since 2004, whereas Katona has been cropping up on our screens since Atomic Kitten first hit the big time in 1999.
Kerry’s most recent foray into the limelight was announced earlier this week as she signed on to be the face of payday loans company, Cash Lady. She is also currently filming on her sixth reality TV show, The Big Reunion, which is documenting the comeback performances of a series of Nineties bands, including the original line-up of Atomic Kitten.
And there’s no reason to think Katona will stop at just six reality shows – with a series of Celebrity Big Brother resurfacing every three weeks these days, surely she could be tempted back to the house once Atomic Kitten are no longer Whole Again, again.
Katie Price was an early favourite to win the title of Queen of Reality TV. However, as most of the shows starring the glamour model are also produced by Katie Price and entirely about Katie Price, they have not been included in our survey. Similarly, we have not included any reality programmes which focus on one celebrity in particular. This means that Price is dragging way behind her former pal Katona, with only her two appearances on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! qualifying*.
Others who are riding high in the reality show hierarchy include singer Michelle Heaton, former Fun House presenter Pat Sharp, model Nicola McLean, socialite Lady Isabella Hervey and DJ Goldie, all with four reality show appearances under their belts. Equalling their total are reality show heavyweights Chantelle Houghton, Alison Hammond and Raef Bjayou, all of whom rose to fame through appearing in reality TV formats (Houghton and Hammond were Big Brother contestants, and Bjayou was on The Apprentice).
Hammond is currently a contestant on new reality show Splash!, where Olympic diver Tom Daley teaches “celebrities” how to dive. Fellow contestants include Joey Essex, Caprice Bourret and Helen Lederer, all of whom are regulars on the reality show circuit; Lederer is on three (Slash!, Masterchef and Coach Trip), whereas Joey Essex and Caprice are both on their second show (Joey was in TOWIE and Caprice was on Celebrity Big Brother).
Claire Richards, who is currently residing in the Celebrity Big Brother house, is now taking part in her third reality show, having also appeared on Popstar to Operastar and Masterchef, pitting her ahead of all her fellow housemates in the hierarchy of reality TV, with most of the other celebrities having only participated in two formats.
But for the foreseeable future, it seems as though the reality television throne will remain Katona’s. Brazier has expressed no particular interest in taking part in any further reality shows in 2013, as he is currently enjoying a presenting job on ITV’s This Morning.
Come on Jeff, we all know you fancy a turn on Celebrity Ski Jumping if and when it happens!
The Reality TV Elite:
Kerry Katona (Celebrity Big Brother, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, Celebrity Wedding Planner, Dancing On Ice, Celebrity Come Dine With Me, The Big Reunion)
Jeff Brazier (Call Me a Cabbie, Dancing On Ice, The Farm, Celebrity Wrestling, Celebrity Come Dine With Me)
Lady Isabella Hervey (The Games, Celebrity Masterchef, Celebrity Love Island, Call Me A Cabbie)
Goldie (The Games, Celebrity Big Brother, Strictly Come Dancing, Celebrity Come Dine With Me)
Pat Sharp (The Games, I’m A Celebrity, Celebrity Come Dine With Me, Coach Trip)
Raef Bjayou (The Apprentice, Wedding Planner, Coach Trip, Celebrity Come Dine With Me)
Michelle Heaton (Celebrity Wrestling, Celebrity Come Dine With Me, Celebrity Big Brother, Big Reunion)
Alison Hammond (Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Come Dine With Me, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, Coach Trip, Fit Club)
Nicola McLean (I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Come Dine With Me, Celebrity Four Weddings)
Chantelle Houghton (Big Brother, Ultimate Big Brother, Celebrity Come Dine With Me, Call Me A Cabbie)
In order to complete our very scientific study, we took into account the following 28 reality shows: The Games, The Only Way is Essex, Made In Chelsea, The Bachelor, Big Brother, Celebrity Big Brother, The Apprentice, Celebrity Apprentice, Soapstar Superstar, Popstar to Operastar, Celebrity Masterchef, Celebrity Wrestling, Splash!, Celebrity Coach Trip, X Factor, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!, Celebrity Fit Club, Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing on Ice, Celebrity Coach Trip, Celebrity Four Weddings, Celebrity Love Island, Celebrity Hell’s Kitchen, Celebrity Come Dine With Me, Celebrity Quitters, The Big Reunion, Call Me a Cabbie and The Farm.