Canadian Idol 3 auditions begin; the show “opts for a more gentle approach.”

Canadian Idol 3 auditions begin; the show “opts for a more gentle approach.”
Canadian Idol 3 has begun casting, and the show will visit 13 cities over 13 weeks. There’s a difference between this show and its meaner cousin to the south, though: “Whereas American Idol parades these talent-less screechers before the judges for a good laugh, the Canadian component opts for a more gentle approach,” the Calgary Sun reports. Judge Farley Flex says, “I enjoy the fact that somebody who has no inhibitions will muster up confidence whether they are good or not. I get into the psychology of the show. Some people are in search of some kind of self-worth.” He says, “If someone’s not good, I’ll tell them, but I will only laugh at people who want to be laughed with.”

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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