In this edition of Ask Andy, two questions inspired by Canada: one about the premiere of a new competition in Canada, and another inspired by a Canadian’s near-win on two different reality competitions.
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Will National Geographic Canada air Race to the Center of the Earth?
I’ve marked my calendar [for National Geographic Channel’s Race to the Center of the Earth], now it’s just a waiting game to see if NatGeo Canada will air the show starting on the same date…or ever. —Lynne, via Facebook
Race to the Center of the Earth, the new competition show from the creators of The Amazing Race, follows four teams who race in four different places, all trying to end up at the same central spot in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
One of the teams will race through North America—specifically, Canada, which has its own version of the National Geographic Channel, and while it airs many of the same shows and series, it doesn’t always mirror the American channel.
But there’s good news, Lynne: Canadians will be able to watch alongside Americans.
A NatGeo United States representative told me that the show will air in Canada—and on the same days and times. So, look for it Mondays at 10 starting March 29.
Has anyone won two different reality shows?
Hey Andy, really enjoy the website and I’ve been reading for years. I have a question: Recently The Amazing Race Canada season 4 wrapped up and it was excellent. Big Brother Canada season one housemates Emmett and Jillian made the finals and came third.
Being that Jillian won her season of [Big Brother Canada], would this have been the first case of someone winning two different reality competition shows? I know of Sandra winning Survivor twice but I can’t seem to think of a case beyond that. Thanks! —Ryan
Thanks for the question, Ryan, and my apologies for taking four years to answer it. You asked this in 2016 and I let an entire presidency go by before responding, as this question sat in my “I’m don’t know, but I’ll try to find out” folder, which is very full.
But the question about Race to the Center of the Earth in Canada made me think of it, but my brainstorming didn’t go very far, even four years later.
The only name that popped into my head was Mike “The Miz” Mizanin,” because I thought he won both The Challenge and Tough Enough. But I looked and he was runner-up on Tough Enough, though obviously went on to a lot of success with the WWE.
But that’s when I was reminded that he did win the reality stars version of Fear Factor in 2006, in addition to both The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons and The Inferno 2. So, he counts!
Rather then let your question sit for another four years, I decided to crowd-source the answer, because I’m fascinated by it too. And perhaps once I publish this, those of you reading this will think of other examples.
So, here’s the list that came out of this Twitter thread, with winners listed in alphabetical order by last name.
Thanks to everyone who came up with an answer—your memories are impressive—and to those who will add to this list!
People who’ve won more than one reality TV competition
- Nyle DiMarco: America’s Next Top Model cycle 22 and Dancing with the Stars season 22
- Turabi “Turbo” Çamkıran: The Challenge: War of the Worlds and two seasons of Survivor Turkey
- Matt Iseman: Celebrity Apprentice season 8 and RuPaul’s Celebrity Drag Race
- Stephanie Izard: Top Chef Chicago and Iron Chef Gauntlet
- Rachel Love-Fraser: The Swan and Battle of the Network Reality Stars
- Mike “The Miz” Mizanin: Fear Factor and The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons & The Inferno 2
- Lou Diamond Phillips: I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off
- Rachel Reilly: Big Brother 12 and Celebrity Fear Factor
- Melissa Rycroft: The Bachelor season 13 and Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars (season 15)
- Nicole Scherzinger: Popstars and Dancing with the Stars season 10
- Jason Smith: Food Network Star season 13 and Holiday Baking Championship season 3
- Brooke Williamson: Top Chef Charleston and Tournament of Champions
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