three Idol 4 eps will air some weeks.

three Idol 4 eps will air some weeks.
Changes for the fourth season of American Idol–specifically the decision to make the semifinal group 12 men and 12 women–means that “[f]or three weeks running, the women compete against each other one night and the men slug it out the other, with a results show the third night,” TV Guide reports. In other words, the show will air three times during the week. Why this battle of the sexes format? Producer Ken Warwick says, “Last year, we were a bit embarrassed. We had loads of girls go through and not very many boys.” In other news, the guest judges who will participate in the audition process are Brandy, LL Cool J, Kenny Loggins, and Gene Simmons.

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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