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I’m not a big fan of reality shows, but shows that involve competition are always fun to watch. There are moments where I wonder if the challenges the hosts create will make people quit, or if they’ll continue to participate. The competitions tend to get intense, and rooting for your favorite contestant makes each one more exciting.

Last year, YouTube creators Kian Lawley and J.C. Caylen created their YouTube series “The Reality House” on their channel KianAndJc. At first, I didn’t know what to think about this. I had never watched a reality series on YouTube before, so I didn’t think I would enjoy it. I was completely wrong.

In the series, the contestants live in a house while participating in challenges Lawley and Caylen created. The challenges involve outdoor activities, eating gross foods and trivia contests. Throughout the season, one person was eliminated after each challenge.

The final episode of the first season featured YouTubers Crawford Collins, Jake Webber and Kristen McAtee trying to win the grand prize of $25,000. In the finale, the three contestants had to run around an area of the house searching for clues that would help them answer the question Lawley and Caylen came up with. In the end, Collins took home the $25,000 prize.

When I first saw the promotion for season two, I wasn’t very thrilled about who the contestants were. I’m not too familiar with most of them, which didn’t make me feel as excited to watch the new season. Even though I didn’t know the contestants, the first episode surprised me.

Like the first, the second season is sponsored by “SeatGeek,” an app used to buy tickets to concerts, sports games and other events. This season, Lawley and Caylen decided to make a change by driving the contestants to Temecula, California. The 12 contestants rode a bus to the new house and were told their first challenge begins then.

In order to receive a spot in the house, the contestants had to sort through a bin filled with flour to find a bean. If they found the bean, they gave it to the hosts and moved to the next task, which was to pop a balloon. If the balloon contained flour, the contestant got a spot in the house.

I was amazed to see how a few of the contestants found a bean within a few minutes into the challenge. I would have been so frustrated looking through the flour, but the contestants made it seem like a simple task. At the end of the challenge, two contestants were eliminated — social media personalities Brittany Broski and Yousef Erakat.

Now, with 10 contestants remaining, I’m excited to see what challenges Lawley and Caylen make for them. I think this season will feature crazier challenges that will push contestants to the edge. Overall, I can’t wait to see what is in store for viewers of “The Reality House.”