vote was the closest in Idol’s history; was it because of a power outage, racism?

vote was the closest in Idol’s history; was it because of a power outage, racism?
The shocking American Idol 3 vote that showed Jennifer Hudson the door was the closest vote in the show’s history, Reuters reports. So why was it so close and so shocking (to everyone except Jennifer)? Extra speculates “that storms in the Midwest may have played a role in the show’s outcome. More than 15,000 fans from Jennifer’s hometown of Chicago were unable to watch or vote because of a power outage. But the show’s producers say there is nothing they can do.” Meanwhile, The New York Post reports that it “was deluged with calls complaining that the voting was racially motivated since the three woman with the fewest votes were black.” E! Online summarizes some of the other (conspiracy) theories, ranging from computer hackers to prejudice against Fantasia because she’s a young single mother (her daughter was on stage Tuesday).

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.