Simon overheard saying “there is very little talent in the pool of contestants.”

Simon overheard saying “there is very little talent in the pool of contestants.”
If a Page Six item is to be believed, Simon Cowell isn’t that impressed with the American Idol 4 contestants who ended up in Hollywood. He’s apparently enamored only with “the country-western singer from Missouri,” Page Six reports, but thinks the rest are “Usher wannabes.” Harsh. The full report:

“He said that there is very little talent in the pool of contestants that made it to the finals in Los Angeles. … He said the rest were just a bunch of untalented ‘Usher wannabes’ and predicted the show would end up again with ‘someone like Ruben or Fantasia’ winning. He said Kelly Clarkson was the only one with talent who ever won and that, ‘without my pushing, Clay Aiken would never have gotten as far as he did,’ and ‘look how well he’s done.”

+ also: Simon is worth $70 million, gets paid $2 million a season for Idol, and is working on new shows.

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.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.