Idol 4 semi-finalists include Star Search competitors and experienced performers.

Idol 4 semi-finalists include Star Search competitors and experienced performers.
Opening American Idol 4 to older competitors, and allowing those who don’t have recording contracts (but may have in the past) has led to a final 24 that have impressive resumes. As E! Online found, “Two are former Star Search contestants. One supposedly got her big break on a TV show called Your Big Break. Another is the son of a baseball Hall of Famer.” The baseball player’s kid is Nikko Smith; his dad is Ozzie Smith. Constantine Maroulis has appeared in Rent, Hedwig & the Angry Inch, and Macbeth. Additionally, “Bo Bice … has opened for Warrant, and performed and recorded with Allman Brothers Band keyboardist Johnny Neal,” E! reports. Mail carrier Vonzell Solomon previously “released her first album/demo, My Struggle, which, in an cringe-worthy coincidence, bears the same title as Hitler’s autobiography/screed.”

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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