The stars of The Only Way Is Essex look set to conquer America after winning rave reviews from US TV critics.

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After the ITV2 reality show was streamed to millions of students on US website, it has become an internet sensation, with the prestigious New York Times giving the antics of Mark Wright, Lauren Goodger (pictured) and Joey Essex a glowing review.

Under the headline, Real People, Fake Tans, Tru-ish Stories, the paper said the series was more entertaining than top reality US show Jersey Shore.

According to The Sun, the review added: “The real difference of Essex is stylistic, and it’s quite striking.

“If it were on television, and you happened to tune in while channel-surfing, you would not be able to tell right away, and perhaps for several minutes, that you were watching a non-fiction show.”

TV insiders now believe the online success of the programme could see TOWIE being picked up by a major US network.

The third series of TOWIE finished last night (09.11.11), with a Christmas special set to be aired next month.