American Idol 3 finale starts tonight; Jasmine Trias offered a record contract.

American Idol 3 finale starts tonight; Jasmine Trias offered a record contract.
Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, Fantasia Barrino and Diana DeGarmo will each sing three songs, and then the American Idol 3 contest will be in the hands of people who know how to use their redial buttons. In conference calls with the press, Fantasia expresses a bit of annoyance with Diana’s age, saying that next year the age limit will be 18 (she’s 19; Diana’s 16), and referred to Diana as “big mouth D.D.” (“affectionately, the Calgary Sun says). She also said young people are “probably getting on those telephones, calling all their friends saying, ‘Vote for Diana.'” …
The contestant came in third, Jasmine Trias, already has an offer. Quiet Storm Records offered her a recording contract, but she has not yet accepted, probably because she’s still under the exclusivity clause of her contract. The company’s CEO guaranteed Jasmine $100,000 tells Pacific Business News, “We’ll give this island beauty everything she deserves and I will personally guarantee $100,000 for Jasmine’s first year if she signs exclusively with us.”
+ also: the South donimates on American Idol.
+ and: “How ‘American Idol’ Got Hijacked by Its Viewers.”

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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