despite contract clause, producers say viewers will decide on American Idol.

despite contract clause, producers say viewers will decide on American Idol.
Although the contestant’s contract includes a clause permitting the producers to choose the winner of American Idol, the producers say “[b]arring a catastrophic failure of Fox’s phone-in voting system, American TV viewers … will still decide the winner,” the AP reports. Viewers will choose the winner Sept. 3.
+ plus: with ever-increasing ratings, American Idol is “the first Fox series ever to” be “the most popular show among the 18-to-49-year-old demographic.”
+ and: who’s gay? Jim’s now-deleted journal revealed that he is and RJ says he’s not.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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