It's a reality TV staple: where there's competition, there's some contestant using dirty tactics to try and win. Sure, they'll be nice to the face of the other contestants, but that's only because they're trying to throw the competition off their guard. These scheming, two-faced contestants are the people we love to hate.
Wendy Pepper, "Project Runway"
During the show's very first season, Wendy Pepper was the oldest contestant. That meant that for the younger contestants, she became the de facto den mother. Pepper used the advantage that her maternal role gave her to undermine the confidence of her competitors and play mind games. She was the show's first true villain, always stirring up trouble and starting fights...but she still lost in the end.
Jill Zarin, "The Real Housewives of New York"
Granted, the "Real Housewives" franchise isn't a reality competition show...unless you count the cutthroat antics of a group of aging woman vying for media attention and endorsement deals. And out of the whole crop, Jill Zarin got called out by fans most often for her two-faced tactics. Between the fake smiles and flattery designed to deceive, Jill's jealousy always motivates her two-faced battle tactics.
Angelo Sosa, "Top Chef"
Angelo may have never made off with anyone's pea puree (we're looking at you, Alex), but he did make a name for himself in the show's D.C. season by being helpful. A little too helpful. First Tameka, and then others he worked with began to fall. It wasn't long before fellow contestants began to suspect sabotage, though it was never proven. That stigma followed him into the All Star season, however, with chefs reluctant to accept his help (and Spike upset with the addition of Angelo's yuzu component to his tennis dish). Spike got sent home after Angelo helped on that dish...coincidence?
Lacey Conner, "Rock of Love"
Hey, remember that time that Bret Michaels was the rock star bachelor at the center of his own reality dating show? That show was "Rock of Love," and one of the most memorable contestants was Lacey Conner -- she of the artificial colors hair and gossiping ways. She wanted to be with Bret so bad that she played nice with the rest of the girls, got them to air their dirty laundry, and then shared that info with Bret. She didn't win the show, but she did win the title of meanest contestant, as declared by fans everywhere.
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