People who have lived and spent time in Utah County have appeared on national television on dating shows, dancing and singing competitions, cooking contests and more (Utah County has really worked to own these niche entertainment areas). Check out some of the biggest reality TV stars that have Utah County ties.
"Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" TV fans are familiar with one-f Jef. Holm was the winner of season 8 on the "Bachelorette" with Emily Maynard.
Holm is from Pleasant Grove, attended Utah Valley University and co-founded the company People Water that is based in Pleasant Grove.
Donny & Marie
What Utahn doesn't know Donny and Marie? Osmond Studios was built in Orem in the 1970s and was the set where many episodes of "Donny & Marie" variety series took place.
Donny also appeared on the first season of "The Masked Singer," coming in second.
Donny still owns a home in Provo.
Todd Herzog, of Pleasant Grove, was the winner of reality TV show "Survivor: China" in 2007 that came with a $1 million dollar reward. According to CBS, at the time of the show's airing, Herzog was an openly gay member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who came out shortly after high school and won the hearts of everyone at his school.
He attended Pleasant Grove High School in Utah and then spent two years of college at Utah Valley State College.
Local musician Ryan Innes was featured on the fourth season of "The Voice" in 2013. He was on Team Usher and was eliminated in the knockout rounds. Since then, he's performed at many venues across Utah, including Velour Live Music Gallery and the Covey Center for the Arts.
Innes attended BYU and has worked and lived around Utah County since.
Scott Mitchell, a Springville native and former NFL quarterback, was a featured contestant on the NBC weight loss program “The Biggest Loser: Glory Days" in 2014.
Weighing 366 pounds at the start of the show, the 46-year-old Mapleton resident had gained 130 pounds since his 11-year pro football career, when he played for the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals. He was eliminated in Week 16 and finished the show at 240 pounds.
Chelsea Hightower is known for her work as a professional dancer on "Dancing with the Stars" for seven seasons. Her dance partners include rodeo cowboy Ty Murray, "Bachelor" star Jake Pavelka, Michael Bolton, snowboarder Louie Vito, rapper Romeo Miller, Disney star Roshon Fegan and former "Dancing with the Stars" winner Helio Castroneves. Before her time on the show, she was also on one season of "So You Think You Can Dance?"
Hightower received an Emmy nomination for choreography.
She was raised in Orem and graduated from Timpanogos High School and Utah Valley University. In her website bio, she writes "When I was 9, my family moved to a new neighborhood in Utah, which also meant I had to attend a new school. Coincidentally, this school offered the only elementary after-school ballroom program in America. That is how I was first introduced to ballroom dancing."
Kelsey Nixon's career as a Food Network star began in Utah County. She starred in the fourth season of "Food Network Star" as she was wrapping up her undergraduate degree at BYU, and even hosted a college cooking show called "Kelsey's Kitchen."
Despite not winning, due to Nixon's popularity on "Food Network Star" she went on to have a show -- "Kelsey's Essentials" -- on the Cooking Channel, with Bobby Flay as the executive producer.
Nixon is currently the host of "Dinner Takes All" on BYUtv.
Pete Tidwell a.k.a. The Mighty Baker
Pete Tidwell competed on the Food Network's cake baking and decorating show "Cake Wars" -- twice. In his first appearance, he won with a Halo-themed cake and walked away with $10,000. His second appearance ended up being in a Champs vs. Champs episode, when he walked away victorious again, this time with a Dark Chocolate Cake with Coconut-Peanut Butter Italian Buttercream.
Tidwell owned a shop The Mighty Baker in Provo.
Ezra Sosa, who is from Provo, competed in the Top 10 on Season 16 in summer 2019 of "So You Think You Can Dance." Sosa made it to the Top 6 and was eliminated as the show narrowed to the Top 4.
He was on the show with his sister Stephanie Sosa.
Along with her brother, Stephanie Sosa appeared in the Top 10 of the 16th season of "So You Think You Can Dance"in the summer of 2019. She was eliminated as the Top 10 were narrowed to eight.
Stephanie Sosa is from Provo.
Eddie Hoyt, a teacher and student at Center Stage Performing Arts Studio in Orem, made the Top 10 of "So You Think You Can Dance" on season 16. He, along with fellow Utah County resident Stephanie Sosa, was eliminated as the Top 10 was narrowed to 8.
American Fork's Jaxon Willard appeared on season two of NBC's "World of Dance." At the age of 16, Willard was in the junior division on the show, finishing in the Divisional Finals.
Provo comedy troupe JK! Studios competed on the inaugural season of NBC’s “Bring the Funny” comedy competition, and were eliminated in the semifinals. The sketch comedy group is made of the original members of Studio C.
Allison Holker is a dancer known for her work on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” where she was a contestant in season two and an all-star in seasons seven through 11. She also appeared on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
She was raised in Orem and graduated from Timpanogos High School.
Charity Anderson and Andres Penate
Junior contemporary duo Charity Anderson of Springville and Andres Penate of Vineyard competed on Season 2 of NBC’s “World of Dance.”
The pair were ballroom partners from ages 8-12 and won the title of National Preteen Champions before recently reuniting to compete and perform.
Timpview High School grad Jenna Johnson was named the winner of “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” Season 26 with her partner, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon.
“Completely and utterly speechless,” Johnson said on Twitter following the announcement. “We did it!”
The Provo native previously competed on “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 10 and is a five-time U.S. National Latin Champion.
Talon Cardon, of Pleasant Grove, is known for competing on NBC’s “The Voice” Season 16 as a member of John Legend’s team.
He returned and performed at Stadium of Fire in 2019.
Jenn Blosil competed on season 15 of "American Idol," who made it to the Top 14 contestants that year. She was from Orem.
Provo singer Aaliyah Rose enjoyed a great run on season 12 of NBC's "The Voice." At the time, she was 14 years old, and was eliminated in the live playoff round.
Belle Jewel appeared on season 11 of "The Voice" on NBC. She made it to the Live Playoff round of the competition.
Jewel was born in American Fork and attended BYU.
Provo singer Madilyn Paige is known for her run on season six of NBC's "The Voice."
Paige, who was from Provo, made it to the playoff round.
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Utah Valley is not a stranger to "Bachelor" contestants. Season 22 featured Maquel Cooper, who left the show in Week 4 to attend her grandfather's funeral.
Cooper was portrait photographer from American Fork who lived in Orem.
Orem junior ballroom team The Pulse were eliminated during The Cuts round of this season of “World of Dance.” Regardless, judge Ne-Yo said after their last performance, “We watched you guys get better with every single performance, and this one was your best one yet.”
Though most widely known as the “hip-hop violinist,” Lindsey Stirling, a graduate of Brigham Young University, also took second place on Season 25 of “Dancing with the Stars” last fall, as a celebrity dancer with partner Mark Ballas. She runs her own successful YouTube channel, and even appeared on “America’s Got Talent” before her career took off.
Julianne and Derek Hough
Born in Orem, Julianne Hough got her television start on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and has since appeared in movies and starred as Sandy in the live television rendition of “Grease.”
Julianne Hough is also currently a judge on "America's Got Talent."
Her brother Derek served as a judge on “World of Dance,” and has worked extensively with “Dancing with the Stars” and performed in “Hairspray Live!”
Born in Orem, dancer Witney Carson competed on “So You Think You Can Dance” before being invited to join “Dancing With the Stars.”
Lindsay Arnold literally traveled the same path as Witney Carson, also competing on “So You Think You Can Dance” and joining “Dancing With the Stars.”
“Lindsay and I started when we were 9 years old together at the same studio with the same director,” Witney Carson said in a phone interview with the Daily Herald prior to a show the pair put on in Utah. “We grew up together our entire lives until we were 18 years old. We both tried out for ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ we both made it, then ‘Dancing With the Stars’ called us both. So for best friends to be together throughout their entire careers is pretty rare. It’s really rare.”
Payson resident Tanisha Belnap competed on Season 11 of “So You Think You Can Dance,” making her way to the Top 10 as a finalist. She also joined the live tour following the show.
Alexia Meyer of Orem competed on Season 12 of “So You Think You Can Dance,” making it to the Top 14. She even returned to her home state with the “So You Think You Can Dance Live Tour” to perform on stage at the Maverik Center.