Reality bites, but Houstonians seem to be drawn to it. Seriously, we love our reality TV shows, like the recent hit House of Ho, TLC stars Adam and Danielle Busby (of Outdaughtered), and Dr. Younan Nowzaradan (of My 600-lb Life), and we especially love our competition show stars, like Project Runway alums Chloe Dao and Alan Gonzalez.
And we can’t forget current Top Chef contestants Dawn Burrell and Sasha Grumman, who’ve been killing it week after week. But besides Burrell and Grumman, there are plenty of other Houstonians appearing on reality shows right now.
Earlier this week, popular ABC show The Bachelorette released its cast of contestants … er, suitors … for its 17th season. Bachelorette Katie Thurston is looking for love amongst 29 bachelors, the most eligible, we think, from Houston.
Hunter Montgomery, according to his show profile, is a 34-year-old software strategist from the Bayou City (he’s also one of three Texans in this summer’s season). He’s a father of two, “has a pet parakeet named Zazu,” likes to make mixtapes for romantic partners—a true millennial—and enjoys people watching. Also, according to his Instagram, he’s a pun addict and, like any good Gulf Coast guy, he fishes too.
See if he finds love when The Bachelorette premieres June 7.
Let’s Make a Deal
Spring resident Shavonya Vaughan will compete on long-running game show Let’s Make a Deal this Monday, May 24.
On the show, which first aired in 1963, contestants in wacky costumes make trades with the host (currently Wayne Brady) to get the best deal and fistfuls of cash—and hopefully avoid “zonks.”
Tune in to CBS to see if the Aldine High School assistant principal wins big (and, of course, what costume she’ll wear).
Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted
On Memorial Day, celebrity chef and professional shouter Gordon Ramsey is taking audiences to Texas during the season-three premiere of Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted.
In this National Geographic series, Ramsay traverses the world in search of adventure, cultural experiences, and, obviously, food. On May 31, we can only assume that quest will bring the show to Houston, as James Beard-winning chef Justin Yu is slated to appear.
Yu, a fixture in the Houston culinary scene, is the man behind local restaurants Theodore Rex and Squabble, which he opened with Bobby Heugel, and now-closed joints Oxheart and Penny Quarter, which he also opened with Heugel. Yu has been nominated for a Beard—the Oscars of food—four times (most recently in 2020), winning in “Best Chef: Southwest” in 2015.
Behold our latest queen: Dana Monique, 41, has been competing on the current season of The Voice. Monique grew up in Houston, singing in church. She spent most of her career performing as a background singer and later working as a cruise ship headliner.
Earlier this spring, Monique wowed the crowd with a cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Freeway of Love” during her Voice blind audition and chose Nick Jonas over John Legend for her coach.
She continued to impress the crowd through her covers of Tina Turner’s “Nutbush City Limits” and En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind.” Monique made it to the Top 9 but was eliminated this week during the Semi-Finals. Sigh.
Below Deck Sailing Yacht
Two Houstonians are featured in season two of Bravo’s Below Deck Sailing Yacht this season: Cindi Rose and daughter Erica Rose Sanders, who is no stranger to reality T.V.
The mother-daughter duo, along with six friends, are appearing as charter guests in three episodes of the Bravo show, which chronicles the lives of the below-deck crew of a yacht in Europe (sailing around Croatia this season). Their first appearance came in episode 12, which aired on May 17.