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The Reality Superstar Bracket

"American Idol", "The Voice", "The Real Housewives of Atlanta", and other reality shows all turn big, colorful personalities into giant stars that we're obsessed with... on and off the small screen! Who is your absolute favorite? Cast a vote for your favorite reality star now!

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    Before joining the cast of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta", Cynthia Bailey was the first African American homecoming queen of her high school, then a model whose first booking landed her on one of Essence Magazine's highest selling covers.
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    One of the most successful artists to emerge from "American Idol", Fantasia Barrino's heartfelt staging in 2004 of the Porgy and Bess standard "Summertime" left her in tears and earned high praise from the judges. Randy Jackson has called it the best performance in the show's history, and it was cited amongst AOL's 2004 list of greatest television moments.
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    Jennifer Hudson is the only Oscar winner to come out of "American Idol". At the time of her "Idol" audition she was employed as a performer on Disney Cruise Lines. Judge Randy Jackson said, "We're expecting more than a cruise ship performance from you." She certainly delivered, despite an all too early and controversial elimination from the competition.
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    Kandi Burruss was a member of 90s girl group Xscape with T.I.'s wife, Tiny. Kandi went on to write and produce music for T.L.C. ("No Scrubs"), Destiny's Child ("Bug a Boo" and "Bills, Bills, Bills"), Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Boyz II Men, along with many others.
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    Before joining "RHOA", Detroit-raised actress and model Kenya Moore has appeared in everything from "Living Single", and "The Steve Harvey Show" to Waiting to Exhale. Moore is also a pageant girl. She won the title of Miss Michigan USA in 1993, won Miss USA that same year, and finished in the top six of the 1993 Miss Universe pageant.
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    Sisters Tina and Erica Campbell are the top gospel duo Mary Mary. They are among the few Reality Superstar Bracket contenders who were famous before landing a spot on a reality TV show. Talk about a coincidence — both sisters married unrelated men who share the last name Campbell!
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    Matthew Schuler of Yardley, PA was a contestant on the fifth season of "The Voice" as a member of coach Christina Aguilera's team. Schuler was eliminated in the 6th week, just shy of the finals, but the future is bright for this local talent!
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    Miss Robbie Montgomery is in her fourth season as the star of "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" on the OWN network. A former Ikette in The Ike & Tina Turner Revue, she embarked on a new career as a soul food restauranteur when a collapsed lung forced her to retire from the music biz.
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    Prior to fame, "RHOA" breakout star NeNe Leakes worked a stint as a stripper, which is where she met her husband Gregg Leakes in 1996. Her stripper name was "Silk".
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    Phaedra Parks was a high-powered lawyer prior to joining the cast of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta". She began her legal career working for GEICO's in-house law firm, Bridges Ormand & Faenza. She was featured in Atlanta magazine as one of the Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Stars in 2005.
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    Porsha Stewart (née Williams) of "RHOA" is the granddaughter of civil rights leader Hosea Williams.
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    Tamar Braxton is the youngest of the Braxton sisters, and got her big break at a young age joining her family's musical group The Braxtons in 1992. She has a 5 octave vocal range and is credited for her use of the whistle register. Prior to the launch of "Braxton Family Values" on the WE TV network, Tamar did her time in big sis Toni's shadow, but Tamar's colorful personality has made her a breakout star.
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    Twin sisters Tamera Mowry-Housley and Tia Mowry-Hardrict are remembered fondly for their 90s teen sitcom "Sister Sister", but fans avidly follow their lives as a adults on their Style Network series "Tia & Tamera". Tamera is now one of the hosts of "The Real" alongside Tamar Braxton, Jeannie Mai, Adrienne Bailon, and Loni Love. She is married to Fox News Correspondent Adam Housley.
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    After "Sister Sister" was cancelled, Tia Mowry-Hardrict and her sister both studied psychology at Pepperdine University. In 2012, Tia added author to her accomplishments when she penned a book chronicling her pregnancy and trials as a working mom - topics also covered in depth in the first season of her reality show "Tia & Tamera".
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    R&B superstar Toni Braxton stars in "Braxton Family Values" with her younger sisters. Braxton's incredible voice has been called "husky, sultry, elegant and sexy". Due to the huskiness of her voice, she says she's used male singers such as Michael McDonald, Luther Vandross, and Stevie Wonder as style models as much as her female vocal influences Chaka Khan and Anita Baker. During her 90s peak, LA Reid declared her the First Lady of LaFace Records, their Whitney Houston.
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    Middle sister Trina Braxton is also featured on "Braxton Family Values". As teens, she and her sisters Toni, Traci, Towanda, and Tamar signed their first record deal with Arista Records in 1989. After working off and on for years in music, Trina began acting. She appeared in Tyler Perry's "Meet the Browns" as well as "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" and an off-Broadway production of "Dreamgirls" as Diana Ross surrogate Deena Jones.
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