Pop Idol 2 debuts Saturday.

Pop Idol 2 debuts Saturday.
Although the US version has already burned through two seasons, the second Pop Idol series begins tomorrow–well over a year after the first series concluded. The show starts at 7.15 p.m. Saturday on ITV; beforehand, a one-hour special will update viewers about previous contestants–and air opposite the BBC’s Fame Academy, which began July 26. Simon Cowell will again judge; he says that “the desire this year is stronger,” and says “the American girls tend to be better than the English girls” but there are “English girls who are very, very good. Certainly much, much better than we saw in the first series.” Last year’s winner, Will Young, attempted to enter again but was caught because he used his real address.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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