Turkish Idol favorite killed his cousin; Pop Idol judge says “winner was rubbish.”

Turkish Idol favorite killed his cousin; Pop Idol judge says “winner was rubbish.”
Controversy in American Idol is so lame compared to what goes down overseas. On Turkey’s version of the show, Popstar, the man who is “the favourite to win” went to jail for “five years in 1998 after he killed his cousin in a fight,” according to Ananova. To thunderous applause, Bayhan Gurhan told the show’s audience, “Yes, I injured him with a knife. Then he died in hospital. I did not mean to kill him.” Aw, sweet. Over in the UK, the Pop Idol 2 win of Michelle McManus is still pissing off judge Pete Waterman. He apparently “[stormed] off at the end of Pop Idol 2 without congratulating her,” and now accuses Simon Cowell of having a Michelle-pushing “agenda.” In The Sun, he said, “The winner was rubbish and I think her low sales probably reflect that. … She is simply not a big talent and is certainly not a pop idol. Even the people of Scotland are bored with her.” They’re so bored with her that she’s on the top of the UK charts for the third week in a row.

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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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.