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?”

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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