about 750 people will move on in Cleveland, Idol’s biggest audition ever.

about 750 people will move on in Cleveland, Idol’s biggest audition ever.
Yesterday, 15,000 people showed up to audition for American Idol 4, the largest group yet. “Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said the Cleveland crowd of an estimated 15,000 was the biggest he’s seen in the show’s four years,” the AP reports. “By comparison, between 12,000 and 13,000 people auditioned last year in New York.” Despite that crowd size, chances of moving on in the competition weren’t that bad: Lythgoe “estimated about 750 performers would move on to the second round of auditions.” Assuming my math is right, and it rarely is, that’s a 1 in 20 shot at coming back for the next round. Today, individual auditions take place; yesterday was group audition day; the celebrity judging panel shows up later this month, according to the Plain Dealer’s report.

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.