MTV plans Idol-like MC Battle.

MTV plans Idol-like MC Battle.
After shifting Making the Band‘s focus to hip-hop for its second incarnation, MTV is now planning to adapt FOX’s American Idol format by conducting a search for hip-hop performers. MC Battle (get it?) will follow the search for a freestyling MC, who will receive “$25,000 and a Def Jam recording contract [which] will be awarded on March 1 in a live two-hour finale,” USA TODAY reports. Contestants will be selected from the first 1,000 amateur MCs to show up in New York on Feb. 24. The network plans to air all of the auditions on MTV and MTV2, and viewers will vote for the winner.

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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