15 Celebs Who Tried to Use Reality Shows to Save or Reignite Their Careers (It Worked For Some, For Others…Not So Much)

Celebrities no longer need to pull outlandish stunts to regain the public’s attention. All they need to do is get themselves a reality show and they’re back in the spotlight, for better or for worse. For some this tactic has worked well, for others…not so much.

Check out these 15 celebs who tried to use reality shows to save or reignite their careers. See who succeeded and who failed.

Brandy

Brandy Hosts New Year's Eve At Lavo Nightclub

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When her 5th studio album met with lackluster sales, Brandy was determined to come back stronger with her next album effort. The breathy R&B singer definitely did that with a little help from reality TV. Norwood and family starred in their own series Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business which was a hit for VH1 for the two seasons it ran between April 2010 and February 2011. During the filming of season two, Brandy also appeared on Dancing with Stars, becoming a fan favorite. She went on to have recurring roles on TV shows 90210, Drop Dead Diva, and The Game, all contributing to the success of  her sixth album Two Eleven, which hit number three on the US Billboard 200, and number one on the Billboard US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart upon its October 2012 release.

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Comments

  • Mia

    Who are these characters?!

  • TheStacyKeys

    American idol is different than all the other reality shows mentioned in this article, J-lo doesn’t have a crew filming her less than stellar moments

  • Ray C

    They forgot to mention that Brandy was on America’s Got Talent