San Diego’s Reality TV Stars

From Project Runway to the Real World, San Diego is crawling with reality celebs. Perhaps you've spotted them in their natural habitat?

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Two San Diegans are among the 28 contestants competing for the Bachelorette's heart this season. Rickey, left, and Christian, right, two San Diego residents on ABC's "The Bachelorette" this season. Christian, a former semi-professional soccer player and banker, and Rickey, an IT consultant, will be vying for Bachelorette Becca Kufrin's heart on the ABC show this season.
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Poway's Jackie Foster competed on NBC's "The Voice" in 2018. She made it into the top 8, but was eliminated shortly after.
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Katriz Trinidad, contestant on "The Voice", was born and raised in Chula Vista and attends Otay Ranch High School.
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Family members of Katriz Trinidad celebrate the moment the judges turned their chairs around on Season 7 of The Voice.
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Chef Brian Malarkey demonstrated his cooking skills on Bravo's 'Top Chef: The Tour' on August 8, 2008. The chef has taken his Bravo reality show fame and used it to secure new eateries around San Diego with a "fabric" name theme.
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Adam Lambert, a finalist on the singing competition series, "American Idol," speaks to fans during a visit to his alma mater, Mt. Carmel High School in San Diego on Friday, May 8, 2009. Lambert, who was one of two finalists on the show, visited locations near his home.
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American Idol finalist Adam Lambert greets a crowd at a local television station in San Diego on Friday, May 8, 2009.
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Richard Blais of "Top Chef" opened "Juniper & Ivy" in Little Italy near downtown San Diego and has plans to open a second restaurant soon.
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"American Idol" contestant Jessica Sanchez visited her hometown of Chula Vista in May 2012 when she was one of the finalists.
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Jessica Sanchez attends the American Idol premiere event at Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in Los Angeles.
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San Diegan Kendra Wilkinson took her role on "The Girls Next Door" and parlayed that into her own reality show "Kendra."
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Richard Sweeney
"Top Chef" contestant Richard Sweeney has two spots in San Diego: R Gang Eatery and Florent Restaurant.
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Kiptyn Locke, of ABC's Bachelor Pad, tweeted a picture of the first race of the season while he attended on Opening Day.
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San Diegans Kris Kilcka and Amanda Blackledge competed in two seasons of The Amazing Race."
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San Diegan Megan Rickey and Cheyne Whitney won their season of "The Amazing Race."
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Survivor
Julie Wolfe, 50 - an Oceanside firefighter - is one of the new cast members on Survivor: Redemption Island beginning in February.
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Survivor
Mike Chiesel, 31, or Del Mar describes himself in the Survivor promotional material as a U.S. veteran who served in Iraq. He's competing on Survivor: Redemption Island starting in February 2011.
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American Idol
Joshua Gracin of Oceanside, Calif competed in the second season of American Idol.
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Survivor
Gillian Larson, 61, of Temecula was a contestant on Survivor: Gabon. The retired nurse was raised in South Africa.
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Amazing Race
San Diegan Mark Yturralde (L) was one-half of the “Geek Team” from the 13th season of the Amazing Race on CBS. Mark raced alongside his real-life best friend Bill Kahler (R).
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Access Hollywood
Carly Smithson, a musician and part-time employee at a San Diego tattoo shop, auditioned for American Idol Season 7.
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Survivor
Monica Padilla of San Diego appeared in the 19th season of Survivor. The 25-year old competed in the Samoa version of the reality show and listed Flushing, NY as her hometown but lives in San Diego.
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Encinitas residents Steve (L) and Allie Smith (R) competed on Season 16 of "The Amazing Race."
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Survivor
Sydney Wheeler, 24, of San Diego used her skills as a model and interior designer to compete in Survivor: Tocantins.
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Bachelor Kiptyn Locke Presents at Stay Classy Awards in November 2010
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