American Candidate winner “is going to emerge as a real potential leader.”

American Candidate winner “is going to emerge as a real potential leader.”
Production of American Candidate is moving forward with plans for a debut in early 2004. The show will be an Idol-like competition between 18 finalists; the winner could run for President. Producer RJ Cutler, who created American High, says “[i]t’s likely that this person is not going to be elected president of the United States. … But their ideas will become part of the discourse. The person who wins this show is going to emerge as a real potential leader in this country.” Applications are still being accepted; around 5,000 people have already applied.

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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