Mikalah voted out of American Idol 4.

Mikalah voted out of American Idol 4.
Mikalah Gordon, one of the three contestants who was affected by the wrong phone number problem, was eliminated from American Idol 4 during Thursday’s special elimination episode. She doesn’t have much reason to blame the screw-up, though, as the other two lowest vote-getters–Anthony Fedorov and Nadia Turner–were not affected by the error Tuesday (only Mikalah, Anwar Robinson, and Jessica Sierra were). Starting next week, the Tuesday episodes will no longer be pre-taped on Mondays, which The New York Daily News reports was done “[t]o ensure that live shows with the most contestants don’t run overtime and deny a contestant the chance to perform.” Producers also used the time to airbrush Ryan Seacrest’s face and edit out accidentally shot footage of Paula’s seizure-inducing clapping.

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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