Ruben’s album will be 1 or 2, while Clay is the “best mannered” person of 2003.

Ruben’s album will be 1 or 2, while Clay is the “best mannered” person of 2003.
The National League of Junior Cotillions, which bills itself as the nation’s only organization that trains and licenses directors to establish local cotillion programs,” whatever that means, has declared American Idol 2 runner-up Clay Aiken the Best Mannered Person of 2003. Clay was given the award for “his example of humility and politeness” and “because of the courteous manner in which he treats fellow performers and fans,” the organization says, not for chewing with his mouth closed or putting the toilet seat down or things like that. Oprah came in second; last year’s winner was Condoleeza Rice, who also made this year’s list. While Ruben may be jealous of Clay’s impeccable manners, he has news of his own to be proud of: his album Soulful, released last week, will either be the best-selling or second best-selling album of the week. According to FOX News, Ruben and Alicia Keys “are very close in sales” right now. Final numbers should be out soon.

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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