Ruben says “God’s got my back; Simon says guest judges are “insulting.”

Ruben says “God’s got my back; Simon says guest judges are “insulting.”
Ruben Studdard unexpectedly came in second to last place on Wednesday’s show, giving Josh a reprieve. Treynce was eliminated, however, and Ruben knows why: “It was cool. I’m going to be OK. God’s got my back.” The Birmingham News also reports that Ruben’s brother voted for him 85 times on Tuesday. Over at the judge’s table, the American Idol 2 guest judges, most of whom issue comments that have even less substance than Paula’s, are “insulting” to Simon Cowell. He tells USA TODAY “it’s our role and nobody else’s to judge these kids, because we’ve chosen them from the beginning.” However, Simon is fine with the current panel, even Paula and her cheeriness. “If you had three people on the panel who were like me, it would be awful; it would just be gratuitous, who could come up with the best insult. Part of its appeal is that we are so different.” Finally, Entertainment Weekly reports that Josh’s growing girth is due to a thyroid problem, according to a stylist on the show. The stylist says, “He’s been putting on weight because of that, and it’s been a shock to him to be going up in size.”

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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