network plans Christian version of Idol.

network plans Christian version of Idol.
The people who brought you ‘NSync and Britney Spears are now producing a Christian version of American Idol. Gifted will air on Trinity Broadcasting Network and be produced by Wright Entertainment Group, who managed ‘NSync and others. The Orlando Sentinel’s Christopher Sherman outlines the new show, which starts with “a cross-country, summer bus tour to 11 Trinity stations where auditions will take place” with contestants “perform[ing] gospel or contemporary spiritual songs”; two finalists from each audition will go to Hollywood and “perform before a live studio audience and be critiqued by celebrity judges. Eight winners will go on to the finals, where the television audience will choose the ultimate winner, whose career will then be managed by Johnny Wright and Matt Crouch.”

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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