with two group slots open, is American Juniors “insufferable” or “refreshing”?

with two group slots open, is American Juniors “insufferable” or “refreshing”?
Disagreeing with The New York Times’ Frank Rich, who called American Juniors “Fox’s insufferable weekly tots’ talent contest,” and with viewers who have been steadily abandoning the show, Slate’s Ann Hulbert says it is “refreshing summer entertainment for the family.” She argues that “the low stakes … are the source of the show’s appeal” and that “all the Idol prime-time glitz hasn’t really managed to transform that timeless American favorite, the youth talent contest, very much.” So far, three group members (of an eventual five) have been selected: Taylor Thompson, Tori Thompson, and Chauncey Matthews.

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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