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How To Submit Reality TV Applications Online

Ryan Dube 03-09-2009

realitytv2Have you ever caught yourself watching some reality show where a regular person is challenged to perform some ridiculous stunt, which they fail at miserably, and you think to yourself, “Man, I could have done so much better than that!”  Maybe you’ve even considered applying to shows like Big Brother or Wife Swap, but you’re put off by the fact that thousands upon thousands of people submit applications to these shows?


The truth is, unless you’re especially gifted or unique, it really is very difficult to get on the top few most popular reality shows. However, many people don’t realize that there are over 20 to 30 ongoing reality shows that regularly accept reality TV applications from folks just like you.  A lot of these reality shows are a lot easier to get chosen for than many people think – all you have to do is choose the show that sounds like something you’d like to try, and apply. What do you have to lose – other than your dignity and the respect of all of your friends?!

How to Submit Reality TV Applications Online And Get Chosen!

A lot of people want to be seen on national television. The opportunity to get featured on one of the major cable networks is a dream for many people. Reality TV shows are one of the only ways that regular folks are able to land a spot on a television series.

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to submit reality TV applications online to your favorite shows, but you shied away because you thought it was just a pipe dream and your chances are nil – I’m here to tell you that your chances of getting chosen are a lot better than you might think. The following are a few of the best reality TV shows where you can submit your application online for a chance to appear on the show.

Apply To TLC Reality Shows

The TLC channel is part of the Discovery network, and if you visit their casting page you’ll discover a constantly updated list of reality shows where producers are seeking out folks like you to take part in their shows.


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Additionally, it’s not like the producers are seeking extremely talented folks. For example, some of the shows listed this week as “now casting” for upcoming shows include people who are moving into a new home in the New York tri-state area (for the show Moving Up), anyone whose child ate something and had to go to the emergency room (for the show Your Kid Ate What?), and if you are feeling evil – nominate a friend for What Not to Wear, where the only requirement is bad fashion sense.

VH1 Reality Shows – Smaller Networks Mean Better Chances

While most folks who are interested in applying for reality TV shows may run for the big three – NBC, CBS and ABC – your odds of getting selected are much higher if you avoid doing like everyone else. The fewer applicants, the greater your chances, and this is why networks like TLC and VH1 offer better odds. In the case of VH1, there’s also a section of the website that offers a constantly updated list of reality show casting opportunities.

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At the moment the site is dried up. There’s just one opportunity where producers are looking for aspiring actresses. This is a show that’s sure to produce a significant crowd of scantily clad, bleached blonde Hollywood wannabes who can’t act, but this is reality TV – the one chance to get on television for people who can’t act!

ITV – Home of Britain’s Got Talent

If you’re in the UK and desperate to get yourself on the tube – don’t forget about the popular network ITV, the home of the worldwide famous reality show Britain’s Got Talent.

ITV has a section of their website titled “Be On TV” where you can choose a show to apply for.

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ITV offers viewers opportunities with both old and new shows. For example, if you’re simply going on an important road trip, there’s a show for you. If you’re an amateur cook – there’s a show for you. If you think your family can handle a “thrift money makeover,” there’s a show for you! Opportunities change often, so check out this site often.

The Big U.S. Three – NBC, CBS and ABC

The most popular reality shows usually appear on the huge cable networks that we all know and love. For that reason, competition is going to be a bit more fierce. I’d suggest avoiding applying for the hottest shows like Big Brother or Survivor – you probably have just as much chance to get struck by lightning (although it does happen).

Instead of applying to those, take a look at the newer, upcoming shows that no one knows about yet – or the smaller reality TV shows that aren’t quite so competitive. However, when it comes to CBS, there really aren’t any non-competitive reality shows.

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If you want a chance at getting on one of these major reality shows, you’ll need to make a good impression on the producers.  CBS has a very simple casting page, complete with a simple drop-down list of current reality shows, local locations for open call auditions, and a PDF application form you can fill out and mail in. NBC also has a similar all-inclusive casting page that lists all of the current shows accepting applications.

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NBC reality shows aren’t quite as popular as the CBS hits, but they’re still competitive. Sift through current opportunities and submit your application. If you choose to take part in The Biggest Loser – good luck with that. I can never understand how grossly obese people are willing to disrobe and bare their rolls and jiggles for the entire world to see!

Finally, if you really want a good list of opportunities to be on TV, ABC is the king of reality, and their casting page always features the longest list of open auditions than most other networks.

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In the current list, there are both well-known existing series, as well as a few first-time shows that you may have excellent chances at taking part in. It’s just a matter of finding a show that suits you, and then applying in a way that captures the interest of producers. Play attention to the requirements and what the producers are looking for and do your best to fill those requirements in every contact you have with the network, starting with your application.

Check out All-In-One Casting Sites

If you’d rather not have to visit every single TV network website to check for new reality TV opportunities, there are lots of websites online that aggregate “casting call notices” that go out from various networks, big and small, and display them in one database. One of the best sites is RealityTVCastingCalls, which features an impressive volume of reality TV opportunities.

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In the most recent list, I counted between 7 to 15 new opportunities each month from both small producers as well as big networks like FOX, MTV and HGTV. Surfing this list, you’re certain to find a reality TV show that fits your personality, and one where the producers of the show decide to pick you to star on their reality TV show!

Have you ever considered submitting a reality TV applications to take part in a show?  Have you been in a reality TV show? Do you know of any other online resources that makes applying for them easier? Share your insights and experiences in the comments section below.

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  1. Carolyn
    December 24, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    I have searched my best friend Google to figure out how to do real baby mommas of KC. I see reality shows say reality is what it shows on real house wives the Kardashians bad girls club survival first 48 and etc. Baby mommas and baby daddies that want to get their story out or get a understanding from their stand point has a voice. Y not do it in a city that's not recognized or so much going on in the heart of America, Kansas City. Besides murder city (Killa city)poverty, wages and life. It's some real things going on that in other states we need to be heard. Reality is just that. So no coaching no story line just down right honest life that is on the level of reality that can't be any more honest that it can get. Ratings?????? Of course. A issue that's been a long time coming. Let go!!!!

  2. Anonymous
    May 2, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    We want to be on TV we are called JUSTKIDSTV we want to be featured in it but we can't find any producers

  3. Robin Copeland
    April 20, 2015 at 4:30 am

    I have a magnificent idea for a reality show that would get great ratings for a fact, but I don't know where to start out . I need suggestions on getting my idea out to the right people.

  4. Lisa Shannon
    December 15, 2014 at 5:45 pm


    • Christina Otero
      August 2, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      Robin please if you get the right people please let me know, i also have a great idea for a show

  5. carrie
    October 7, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Where can I submit my own idea on a tv reality show?

    • Ryan Dube
      October 7, 2009 at 9:43 pm

      Hi Carrie,

      Thanks for your comment. While you could probably try contacting through the contact forms at the sites listed in this article, you might actually be better off trying to track down the contact info for producers or even popular film makers and approach them directly with the idea...


  6. notmarian
    September 4, 2009 at 11:34 am

    "Sift through current opportunities and submit your application. If you choose to take part in The Biggest Loser – good luck with that. I can never understand how grossly obese people are willing to disrobe and bare their rolls and jiggles for the entire world to see!"

    This is very disappointing. Since obesity is an epidemic in the US, I'm surprised that a professional writer would risk alienating readers by revealing this somewhat ugly personal bias. I imagine that this television show has had a long run because of people who have this disease may find it inspiring.

    • gatorfan
      September 6, 2009 at 5:31 pm

      Well I thought the article was very well written. Professional writers are allowed to have an opinion and no matter what my size was, I would still continue to frequent this website. I bet if you polled those "who found it inspiring" you would still see that they are doing nothing to fight obesity. I'm not a slim and thin. I actually weigh 250 pounds and am considered obese as well. I think it is a lifestyle choice and can be rectified but people choose not to want to lose weight. Thus, I agree with the writer and his ugly personal bias.

    • Ryan Dube
      September 7, 2009 at 6:37 pm

      Thanks for your comment notmarian (and thanks for your defense gatorfan) - I'm certainly not fit-and-trim guy (although I have ever intention of becoming one again - don't we all??) But in response to my comments regarding obese people, my comment was in reference to the fact that I would never, ever be able to disrobe and bare my rolls and jiggles on national television. The reason I can't understand it is because I, personally, would NEVER have the courage or self-confidence to do it.