American Idol Christmas special will air in November, on the last day of sweeps.

American Idol Christmas special will air in November, on the last day of sweeps.
On the last night of sweeps, Nov. 25, FOX will air a one-hour American Idol 2 special titled “American Idol: Christmas Songs.” It will feature past contestants and finalists including, of course, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Guarini, Ruben Studdard, and Clay Aiken. “However, none of the show’s popular judges–Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson–is expected to appear, nor is host Ryan Seacrest,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Coincidentally, there’s a new CD featuring Christmas songs; American Idol Christmas, subtitled “The Great American Classics,” will be released tomorrow. That’s the same day Clay’s Measure of a Man will be in stores.

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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