twins had record contracts; “all the twins were told we had to compete together.”

twins had record contracts; “all the twins were told we had to compete together.”
American Idol 4‘s three weeks of audition episodes wrap up tonight and tomorrow night. Two of last week’s memorable performers, twin brothers John Paul and Rich Molfetta, were the last to audition on Tuesday’s New Orleans episode. After having them sing separately, Simon Cowell and Gene Simmons refused to advance them in the competition, which prompted Paula and Randy to allegedly walk off. But JP tells the Times-Herald Record, “They were outta there cause we were the last act. They changed our numbers around so we were the final two people to go. There was a hype about us within the company.” That hype led producers to, as JP tells TV Guide today, force twins to audition together. “The true story is that Rich and I auditioned separately, but for the final round, all the twins were told we had to compete together,” he says. Also surprising is the fact that the brothers have “two record contacts under their belt,” according to the Times-Herald Record. Rules changed this year to allow those who may have had contracts in the past to apply, as long as they aren’t currently under contract. Rich showed up again at the Las Vegas auditions and made it to the next round, and JP hints to TV Guide that he, too, may reappear. “I didn’t say anything, ’cause you never know. I just said if you stay tuned, you may find out!”

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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