opera singers compete in France.

opera singers compete in France.
The French are taking the highbrow road in their approach to talent competition reality TV shows. Orpheus: Behind the Scenes in the Underworld will feature a “cast of 25-to-30-year-old singers”; they “have graduated from conservatories all over Europe” and will try “to impress conductor Christophe Coin, Italian opera director Antonio Latella and 16 teachers to win the best roles in Monteverdi’s 17th-century opera ‘Orpheus’ [L'Orfeo],” Variety reports. The show will air on music network Mezzo in six-minute segments during weekdays and 26-minute shows on the weekends; a live performance will air April 17.

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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