misspelled name blamed for missing Corey’s arrest; finalists’ single changed.

misspelled name blamed for missing Corey’s arrest; finalists’ single changed.
Monday, shortly after American Idol 2 contestant Corey Clark was revealed by The Smoking Gun to be about to stand trial for battering his teenage sister, producers eliminated him from the competition. Their official statement, reprinted by The Smoking Gun, says that he “withheld information about a prior arrest which, had it been known, might have affected his participation in the show.” On Tuesday’s show, Corey denied the charges but apologized to potential finalists, saying he didn’t say anythign because he “was scared.” Why didn’t FOX catch the arrest? The statement says it was “an error in a police report which misspelled Corey’s name.”
+ also: finalists charity single will now include “God Bless the USA” and Lee Greenwood’s “I’m Proud To Be an American,” not “What the World Needs Now Is Love.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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