Carrie and Bo both surprised by their success.

Carrie and Bo both surprised by their success.
The two American Idol 4 finalists are both surprised that they’re in the finals. For his part, Bo Bice doesn’t know why people like his music. “I’m more surprised than anybody. Did you not listen to my music? I didn’t know that’s what an American Idol did. For some strange reason, they dig it,” he told USA TODAY. Carrie Underwood is less candid, but still expresses shock at making it this far. She told the paper, “The last few Wednesdays were really tough. I’m excited to be part of the finale. It’s awesome. Really good things happen to the top two. Whoever thought that I’d make it this far?”

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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