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->''"The tribe has spoken."''
-->-- '''Jeff Probst''', ''Series/{{Survivor}}''

The most common structure for RealityTV, it involves voting off one member of a group of people in each episode. They may be voted off by judges (perhaps including TheMeanBrit), their fellow contestants or by the viewing audience via the Internet or some other form of communication (yes, they do exist). Some shows use a method that combines two or more forms. Immunity may be offered as a prize in some manner; having it means that the player cannot be voted off. An EliminationStatement will probably follow. Needless to say, the last person left at the end wins.

EliminatedFromTheRace is an alternative structure. Compare ThereCanBeOnlyOne. TallPoppySyndrome often emerges when the voting power is in the hands of the other contestants.
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* ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' is the TropeNamer.
* ''Series/AmericanIdol'': Audience votes for their favorite to stay in.
* "House votes" on whether to evict a cast member would occasionally crop up during early seasons of proto-reality show ''Series/TheRealWorld'', but weren't a regular part of the show's structure.
** Likewise, later seasons of ''Series/RoadRules'' would have it so that if the team failed one too many individual challenges, they'd have to vote off a member.
* ''Series/SoYouThinkYouCanDance'': Audience votes for their favorite to stay in.
* ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'': a complicated scoring hybrid, both the judges' scores and the TV audience votes (via phone, text message, or website) determine who goes home. In case of a tie, the audience vote is the tie-breaker.
** Originally the actual numbers didn't matter, only rankings. After this led to undeserving contestants very nearly winning in the first two seasons, it changed to weighted percentages.
** The British version, ''Series/StrictlyComeDancing'', also uses a combination of audience and judges' votes. In some series, including the 2012 one, the two pairs with the lowest combined scores have to perform again in the Dance Off, where the judges decide who stays and who goes.
* ''Series/HellsKitchen'': Fellow competitors vote for who should leave the kitchen, but TheMeanBrit has the final say. He's even added people to the chopping block, or straight-out kicked people without even letting them get their say, or even booted people on the ''winning'' team if they '''really''' screwed up. On the other hand, on a couple of occasions he's mixed it up by asking one of the losing team members who s/he thinks should go.
* ''Series/TheBiggestLoser'' is the inverse of the ''Hell's Kitchen'' example: an objective weigh-in determines who will be liable for elimination, then the losing team has to vote off one of their own members. The winning team has no say in the matter.
* ''Series/BigBrother''. Most nations have this as something the viewing public does via a phone line; the US version had it for the first season, but switched over to an internal system among the contestants for later seasons.
* ''Series/CanadasWorstDriver'' is an inversion; a team of judges vote on who 'graduates', getting their keys or license back and leaving the Driver Rehabilitation Center...in this Reality Show, leaving is a ''good'' thing. The longer you're on, the worse you are!
** Yes, this means the winner of the series is decided in the second episode (which is the earliest someone can graduate from rehab), but the whole point of watching the show is to see who the loser is.
* In ''Series/TheApprentice'' the losing team leader has to bring back one or two team-mates who have performed badly on the task. The boss then decides who has performed the worst, and fires them; usually he fires just the worst performer, but will occasionally fire two or three people.
* In ''Series/TheWeakestLink'', the contestants would vote to determine who would not go to the next round. This usually resulted in the best players being eliminated.
** Of course, the best way to play tactically is to eliminate poorer players than yourself for all but the last round of votes as the amount of money taken home by the overall winner is 'banked' by the group as a whole over the rounds. Getting rid of poorer players at first means you will earn the most money, then you need to get rid of the strongest of the two people remaining. In earlier episodes it didn't always work like this, but eventually it got to the point where the best player was always voted out just before the head to head and the two middling people (neither too stupid to risk the accumulating fortune, nor too smart to pose a major threat) would battle it out. This eventually left anyone watching at home who was smart enough to think they could know the ANSWERS to the questions was smart enough to know they would win nothing...
* Creator/TheHistoryChannel's ''Series/TopShot'' has the members of the team choose the two members to have a competition (one of whom goes home) by shooting a ''handgun'' at a target with the person's name.
* Parodied in the first several episodes of the fourth season of ''Series/{{House}}'', during which House whittles 40 potential replacements for [[spoiler: Cameron, Chase, and Foreman]] down to three.
** {{Lampshaded}} repeatedly, but directly referenced in dialogue in "Mirror, Mirror."
--->'''Cuddy''': When your extended job interview/reality TV show [[spoiler: killed a patient]], you lost your veto power.
* ''Series/ImACelebrityGetMeOutOfHere'': at the beginning of the series, the audience votes for which contestant should undergo the [[EatThat Bush Tucker Trials]]. A week in, it changes and the audience votes for who should stay in the show, until the winner emerges.
* ''Series/TheVoice'' might start with blind auditions and coach selections, but as soon as they hit the live shows, it turns into this, with the public voting on who stays and who goes.
* Creator/{{Univision}} has a regular rotation of these shows on Sunday nights. There's ''Nuestra Belleza Latina'' (a beauty pageant), ''Mira Quién Baila'' (a celebrity dance-off), and ''Parodiando'' (a celebrity-imitation competition), all of which include some combination of judge and audience voting.
* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'': In one episode, the scene they have to act out is "unlikely shows to find Barney the Dinosaur on". Colin mimes writing on a sheet of paper and says (in a Barney voice), "I'm voting off Michael," a la Survivor.
* ''Series/{{Chopped}}'': A panel of 3 judges made up of top chefs (occasionally including a special guest) decides which of the contestant-chefs to eliminate. The host has a version of the dish under a cover, and reveals who it is, and the judges tell him/her why.

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* Referenced in a ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' strip where the kids attempt to vote [[GranolaGirl their mother's]] latest [[IfItTastesBadItMustBeGoodForYou healthy, beet-based dish]] off the dinner table.

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* Lots of multiplayer FPS games allow players to boot a disruptive player. ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' takes it one step further by allowing players to [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential execute said disruptive player]] prior to booting him.
* WorldOfWarcraft includes the ability to form parties with random players to run dungeons and raids. In these cases, a majority vote is required to remove a player from the group.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' uses this as part of its general reality show parody.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'''s TrappedInTVLand episode briefly drops Kim into a Reality TV igloo as she's voted out - "You'll have to hand in your fish."

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