Remember sitting down to Sunday dinner and then finding yourself sobbing as Ty Pennington unveiled the latest dream house to a family in need? Or how about being in the grocery store and seeing that every tabloid cover featured “Speidi” from The Hills? Ah, it was a simpler time… when we loved our top models, our “real worlds” and our American idols.
But whatever happened to all those reality stars of the early 2000s? In the list below, we take a look at what some of the most memorable villains and victors of those shows are up to now – from Richard Hatch to William Hung and Susan Boyle.
20. Ty Pennington (Extreme Makeover)
Ty Pennington launched his career as everyone’s favorite handyman/decorator on the wildly popular Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, in which he surprised families by completely renovating their houses. And such was the series’ success that Pennington even went on to do a British version of the show. These days, though, he’s still on the reality circuit, decking out diners on the Food Network’s American Diner Revival. Oh, and as a lucrative sideline he also has his own furniture line with Sears.
19. Yoanna House (America’s Next Top Model)
Back in 2004 Yoanna House claimed the top prize on America’s Next Top Model. That win led House on to become “the face of the CW,” providing a variety of promotional spots for the network. But while House subsequently took on various TV hosting jobs, including for the Style Network’s The Look for Less, she definitely keeps a much lower profile these days.