four Idol 4 semi-finalists go home.

four Idol 4 semi-finalists go home.
The thinning has begun, as American Idol 4 has lost its first four semi-finalists. Judd Harris, Melinda Lira, Sarah Mather, and Jared Yates received the fewest audience votes after their performances earlier this week, and went home. Craig Berman writes that both song selection and air time played a role. He says that “the combination of lack of familiarity and poor song selection doomed Jared Yates and Sarah Mather as well. … Only one elimination was really a surprise, and that was Judd Harris” because he “picked a song that seemed to get the audience’s attention.”

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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