A look at Mormons on reality TV shows since 2000

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20 2014 7:06 p.m. MST

Since the year 2000, more than 80 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have appeared on reality TV shows. Following is a list of reality TV participants who have been identified in the media as Mormon.

Note: This list is not all-inclusive.

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Esquire
Springville, UT

Really now, is this a good thing?

Bdamajd
Centerville, UT

I don't think they are trying to say whether it is a good thing or not. Just an interesting fact. You can make up your own mind. :)

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

It's a fixation like a celebrity gossip magazine. "Mormons, they're just like us..."

Esquire
Springville, UT

@ Bdamajd, it's more a promotional, we want attention, thing. A quest for acceptance.

vangroovin
West Jordan, UT

I competed, toured, and performed with Ryan Di Lello when we were on the BYU Ballroom Dance Company 10 years ago! He's a fantastic dancer! Good to see a familiar face. :)

schlumpy
Orem, UT

@Esquire. No, not really. A better analogy would be the fascinitation of when someone who went to the same school as you makes it big. Like my kids for example, they get excited because Noelle Pikus Pace went to their junior high - albeit years before. I don't know the proper name for the phenomena, but either way, it's kind of fun and cool for them to have that connection. Same with the Mormon thing. Even though Utah doesn't experience a shortage of believers, you step over to Russia, it must be nice for them to know that they aren't as isolated as they may feel sometimes in following the faith.

I'm pretty certain Mormons have no issue with "acceptance" as you claim. Recognition and awareness maybe, but acceptance, no.

gardninmom
Lindon, UT

You go Girls/Guys! There is nothing wrong with wanting to stand out if your purpose is to stand out for God. Set a great example, and do us proud!

Benevolus
Fruit Heights, UT

I thought the list was interesting, especially for shows I never heard knew existed.

ekute
Layton, UT

Lindsey Stirling is awesome. I enjoyed her YouTube videos.

jazzer
St. George, UT

How hott is Angie Layton!!!!

Hooky
Riverton, UT

Lena & Kristy were truly an amazing team! They would have gone far in The Amazing Race were it not for that ill-timed luck task.

WeberJazz
Vancouver, WA

Where is the Amazing Race? There have been several LDS teams, including Dave and Connor in the current season.

Mom of ten
SANBORNTON, NH

Don't forget Jenna Lewis, on the first Survivor and on the first All Stars. She was pictured on the front cover of Time Magazine during the show. She was one of my Young Women in the Laconia, NH Ward.

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

We have a good list of Bachelors and Bachelorettes but maybe that show is too racy for this list.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

It's all about popularity. "Look at us, we're Mormon"!

Once upon a time, it was good to be "in the world but not of the world". These days Mormons want to be "just like everyone else".

G L W8
SPRINGVILLE, UT

With the "Biggest Loser" topping the list in numbers of participants, this has to be anything but a “Mormon Media Blitz”. Why don’t we recognize these people as individuals--some wanting self-improvement, others wishing to express a talent or extend a career, still others showing an interest in human nature. In most cases, I fail to see any reason to either praise them or trash them because they are LDS--or even do the same for the LDS Church in general. This story is merely a human interest story for a Deseret News readership that is largely LDS.
That being said, many of the shows by their nature display attributes that are not up to LDS Standards. No individual judgment here—but we’ve seen specific incidents where LDS and general Christian values have been maintained in spite of the shows’ formats. I extend my compliments to participants when they’ve been able to do that.

MoJules
Florissant, MO

Some of these have left the church.

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