“Gareth hasn’t evolved as an act, whereas Will Young has shown he has a real talent.”

“Gareth hasn’t evolved as an act, whereas Will Young has shown he has a real talent.”
Gareth Gates placed second during the UK’s first Pop Idol, and began his career as a success despite that finish, much like the US’ successful second-place singer, American Idol 2‘s Clay Aiken. He released two albums: What My Heart Wants to Say and Go Your Own Way. Now, although Gareth “had the pop world at his feet … it all seems to have gone wrong,” according to The Mirror. Agent Johnathan Shalit sums it up this way: “Gareth hasn’t evolved as an act, whereas Will Young has shown he has a real talent and he has other sides to him. He is one-dimensional and once the kids get tired of that they move on. I don’t even think it is because he has partied too hard–you can party and be a success.” His label is rumored to be dropping him, he pissed off his church after lying about having sex with a model, and his speech impediment has returned. He turned 20 a week ago today, and “[f]riends say he is determined to use this milestone to kickstart his flagging career.”

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.