Clay’s book debuts at #2 on bestseller list, holiday album debuts strong; Fantasia at #8.

Clay’s book debuts at #2 on bestseller list, holiday album debuts strong; Fantasia at #8.
Tomorrow, American Idol 2‘s Clay Aiken will be in the company of former President Bill Clinton, Daily Show host Jon Stewart, and irrational nitwit Ann Coulter as Clay’s book enters the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list at number two. Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life, which Clay “co-wrote” with Allison Glock, “tells the story of how his faith was integral to him learning valuable life lessons during his meteoric rise from life as an aspiring educator in Raleigh, North Carolina to instant stardom on American Idol,” according to the book’s description. As if that debut wasn’t enough, Clay’s new album Merry Christmas With Love debuted on the Dec. 4 Billboard 200 at number four, but dropped to 11 this week. Still, the debut “ties Celine Dion’s These Are Special Times as the highest-debuting holiday album of all time,” according to Reuters. And Christmas is being renamed Claymas after him.

All is not happy in Idol-land, however, as American Idol 3 winner Fantasia’s album Free Yourself sold fewer than a quarter million copies, landing it at number eight. As E! Online points out, that’s “the first time an Idol champ’s debut failed to open atop the album charts, as previous winners Kelly Clarkson and Ruben Studdard did in 2003.”

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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