American Idol 2 down to 32; FOX angry about CBS Star Search ad.

American Idol 2 down to 32; FOX angry about CBS Star Search ad.
Simon, Paula, and Randy narrowed the American Idol 2 field dramatically to 32 semi-finalists who will begin performing next week in groups of eight. Viewers, like last year, will vote for the contestants they want to keep. Those eight people will join two wild cards selected by the judges, who are now otherwise relegated to making comments. The semi-final rounds start next Tuesday as the show settles into its 8 p.m. ET time slot, with the booted contestants revealed on the following night, Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. ET. Also, producers of American Idol are pissed off over CBS’ usage of a new ad that looks and feels a lot like one for their show. They’ve demanded CBS cease and desist airing an ad for Star Search that asks “Who will be ‘The Next American Teen Idol’?” and “adopts the neon-blue colors and script-letters of the ‘Idol’ logo,” the New York Post reports.

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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