The season finale of The Reality House premiered on September 20th, and YouTube junkies everywhere are shook. 

If you haven’t been keeping up with the latest YouTube trends, The Reality House is a YouTube series organized by Kian Lawley and JC Caylen. The two content creators gathered some of social media’s most recognizable personalities, including Trisha Paytas and Elijah Daniel, and essentially trapped them all in a house where they all competed in challenges and were eliminated until there was a winner who received $25,000. Contestants were asked to vote each other into the challenges, which may or may not have contributed to a girls versus guys dynamic. 

I won’t tell you who the winner is (you’ll just have to watch and see for yourself), but I will say that the series is an entertaining blend of reality television and your favorite challenge-based game shows. There is no shortage of drama between Trisha hitting on JC’s dad and fighting with Dom, Kristen crying and legitimately buying her way back into the competition, and all the banter between our favorite hosts, Kian and JC. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

If the drama isn’t enough to keep you on your toes, then the challenges should suffice. Competitors were tested in endurance, strategy, intelligence, agility and sheer willpower. Gross food was eaten. Bodies were submerged in ice water. Balloons were popped. And the pressure of time was on.

The Reality House and others like it go to show that YouTubers are really raising the bar for what content on the site looks like today. Creators like Kian and JC are paving the way for a new type of content, one that retains the accessibility and personality of the YouTube atmosphere but has a cinematic and professional essence to it as well. In each docuseries–and each reality show– that hits this medium, the lines are becoming increasingly and wonderfully blurred between traditional television entertainment and from-the-ground-up styles of online entertainment, giving people a voice and a space to hone in on this craft and get creative.

And thankfully so, or else we wouldn’t have the drama that Trisha Paytas can bring to reality TV, and what a true tragedy that would be.

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Jessica is a senior at UMD majoring in Communications and Psychology with a Public Relations Certificate. She has internship experience with The Blaine Fowler Morning Show at 96.3 WDVD and is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief at Lyceum. Alongside her passion for all types of writing, she also loves music and acting. She plays multiple instruments, including the ukulele, and has theatrical experience. Jessica isn't sure what her future holds after graduation, but she intends to explore as many of her interests as possible and build a life rooted in happiness and success. Check her out on Instagram and Twitter: