TOWIE triumphs at Reality TV Awards

'The Only Way Is Essex' has triumphed at tonight's (06.07.11) first-ever National Reality TV Awards, with the ITV2 show named Best Entertainment Show and Best Non-Competition Reality Show, and Amy Childs picking up Reality Personality of the Year

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The Only Way Is Essex star Amy Childs

'The Only Way Is Essex' triumphed at tonight's (06.07.11) first-ever National Reality TV Awards.

The ITV2 series - starring Lauren Goodger, James 'Arg' Argent and Sam Faiers - was named Best Entertainment Show and Best Non-Competition Reality Show, while Amy Childs beat cocky co-stars Mark Wright and Joey Essex to take home the Reality Personality of the Year gong.

Amy - who sent her mum to collect the award on her behalf - assured she will be returning to 'The Only Way Is Essex' for an upcoming third season this autumn.

She said: "It's a massive achievement for me, I'm so shocked. It means the world to me. I pinch myself every day.

"I'm 100 million per cent not quitting 'The Only Way Is Essex', I'll be back in September. There's a lot more of Amy Childs to come. I can't wait to start filming again.

"'TOWIE' is the biggest thing for me. One day I might do my own thing but it's all about the show at the moment."

BBC One's 'The Apprentice' also scooped three awards at the event - held at London's Proud @ The O2 venue in aid of the Help For Heroes charity - bagging Best Business Show and Best Reality Competition Show.

Meanwhile, 'Apprentice' panellist Karren Brady shocked audiences by picking up the gong for Best Reality TV Judge, beating the likes of Cheryl Cole, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon to the prize.

Stella English - who won last year's series of the BBC One show - told BANG Showbiz: "Karren is genuinely an amazing woman. It was really hard for her to take on the role filled by Margaret Mountford because she'd been in the show for so long. But she's done really well."

Elsewhere, 'The Model Agency' was named Most Inspiring TV Show, while Noel Edmonds' 'Deal or No Deal' scooped the Best Game Show prize.

However, perhaps surprisingly, 'The X Factor', 'Britain's Got Talent' and 'Strictly Come Dancing' all went home empty-handed.

The winners were chosen by some 1.5 million reality TV fans, who cast their votes online.

1ST NATIONAL REALITY TV AWARDS FULL LIST OF WINNERS:

Best Business Show: 'The Apprentice'

Best Entertainment Show: 'The Only Way Is Essex'

Best International Reality TV Show: 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians'

Most Inspiring TV Show: 'The Model Agency'

Reality Personality of the Year: Amy Childs ('The Only Way Is Essex')

Celebrity Personality of the Year: Peter Jones ('Dragons' Den')

Best Docusoap: 'The People's Supermarket'

Best Reality TV Judge: Karren Brady ('The Apprentice')

Best TV Presenter: Mark Dolan ('Balls of Steel')

Best Reality Competition Show: 'The Apprentice'

Best Non-Competition Reality Show: 'The Only Way Is Essex'

Best Talk Show: 'The Wright Stuff'

Best Game Show: 'Deal or No Deal'

Best Self-Improvement/Makeover Show: 'Snog, Marry, Avoid'

Best Social Experiment Show: 'Jamie Oliver's Dream School'

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