American Idol 4 finale begins tonight.

Tonight is the beginning of the end of American Idol 4, as Carrie Underwood and Bo Bice enter the ring and punch each other in the head. No, wait, that’s The Contender. As they sing their final songs of the competition, you’ll notice that there are dramatic differences between the two remaining contestants: one has long, straight hair, the other has long, straight hair; one is from the South, the other is from the South; one says their idol is their mother, the other says their idol is their mother; one was supported by Simon Cowell, the other was supported by Simon Cowell. Seriously, Carrie and Bo do have dramatically different singing styles (it’s country versus rock), and Bo has eight years and a lot of professional performance experience on Carrie. After their sing-off, the phone lines will open, and the results will be revealed Wednesday evening after an horrifyingly long two-hour finale.

This season has been filled with scandals and problems, from phone number errors to Mario Vasquez’s mysterious departure to Corey Clark’s ABC News infomercial. But the show hasn’t really been affected, and Newsday’s Verne Gay argues that’s because the show “has officially become the rarest of the rare–a TV show that feeds off of its own blunders, silliness and miscues, becoming even stronger in the bargain. … They happen because people care passionately about their show, and that then amplifies everything else–the good, the bad and the ugly.”

‘Idol’ ending on a high note [Newsday]
American Idol 4 [FOX]

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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