report from the taping of Nashville Star’s first episode reveals show format changes.

report from the taping of Nashville Star’s first episode reveals show format changes.
It’s really not going to be necessary to watch Nashville Star 3 when it debuts in a few weeks, because we’ll already know everything about it. USA has already revealed the finalists, and the network taped the first episode last night. reality blurred reader Zack Bennett was at the taping, and he reports on what happened (for example, one finalist puked), and also on some changes made to the show. The details, which you should avoid if you have spoiler-phobia:

No more living in the “Nashville Star” house. All contestants are staying next door at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. … Also this season, the judges vote has been eliminated. They will be relying on viewer voting only, making it even more like “American Idol”. Fans can vote via the (no joke) “Burger King Hotline” or at (which is not yet active). … All 10 contestants sounded good…kinda generic. One contestant, Jenny Farrell from Albuquerque, New Mexico, excused herself in mid-song…ran offstage and vomited backstage. They did not let her perform again, but they did re-tape a segment after the show announcing her phone number, should viewers want to vote for her anyway. Because she didn’t finish the song, she didn’t get any comments from the judges. … [T]hey originally post-taped a segment with her onstage explaining that she had a stomach virus (and that it was not all nerves), but after the show, they curiously re-taped that segment without the performer on stage to explain her situation. One can only speculate how they’ll spin it when they air it on 3/1.

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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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.