top of page

Critics Choice Real TV Awards

Clients: Dr. Sandra Lee – Talent; Kristen Kish – Talent

MTV’s RuPaul’s Drag Race and Peacock’s The Traitors lead the nominations for the sixth annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards, with five apiece.

Both series will vie for best competition series, best ensemble cast in an unscripted series, best show host (RuPaul and Alan Cumming) and male star of the year (RuPaul and Cumming, again). Drag Race also is up for best lifestyle show: fashion/beauty, while Traitors‘ Phaedra Parks earned a nom for female star of the year.

Also up for best show host are Will Arnett (Lego Masters), Terry Crews (America’s Got Talent), Kristen Kish (Top Chef) and Keke Palmer (Password).

Male star of the year nominees also include Jerrod Carmichael (Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show), Bertie Gregory (Animals Up Close With Bertie Gregory), Eugene Levy (The Reluctant Traveler With Eugene Levy) and Gerry Turner (The Golden Bachelor).

Also vying for female star are the year are Selena Gomez (Selena + Restaurant), Sandra Lee (Dr. Pimple Popper), Ariana Madix (Vanderpump Rules), Reba McEntire (The Voice) and Retta (Ugliest House in America).

Other nominated series include Survivor, Squid Game: The Challenge, American Idol, Queer Eye, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars, The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City and The Masked Singer.

The Real TV Awards “recognize excellence in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.” Nominees were chose by blue-ribbon committees comprised of Critics Choice Association members with expertise in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming.

Winners will be chosen by a vote of the CCA membership, while fans can vote in four categories: male and female stars of the year, best ensemble cast and best show host. The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony set for June 15 at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

“The historic strikes by the WGA and SAG/AFTRA necessitated a record amount of unscripted programming in all areas of television, from broadcast to cable to streaming, making the last 12 months a remarkable time for reality TV,” Critics Choice Association TV branch vp Ed Martin said. “The depth and diversity of our nominees for the sixth annual Real TV Awards reflects the importance and ever-increasing scope of the genre, which continues to offer something for everyone.”


Will Arnett – Lego Masters (Fox)

Terry Crews – America’s Got Talent (NBC)

Alan Cumming – The Traitors (Peacock)

Kristen Kish – Top Chef (Bravo)

Keke Palmer – Password (NBC)

RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race (MTV)


Selena Gomez – Selena + Restaurant (Food Network)

Sandra Lee – Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC)

Ariana Madix – Vanderpump Rules (Bravo)

Reba McEntire – The Voice (NBC)

Phaedra Parks – The Traitors (Peacock)

Retta – Ugliest House in America (HGTV)


bottom of page