Simon predicts Carrie and Bo will be the final two, says Idol is “a red-state” show.

Simon predicts Carrie and Bo will be the final two, says Idol is “a red-state” show.
Entertainment Weekly’s Jessica Shaw takes a break from writing the useless, insipid Shaw Report to talk to Simon Cowell about American Idol. As candid as always, Simon says that he thinks Carrie and Bo will make it to the finals, and says that “will be the closest competition we’ve ever had.” Jessica Shaw pulls out a book of oversimplifications and notes that would be “quite the red state finale.” Simon agrees, saying, “I think American Idol has always been a red-state competition. I think mainly it’s a Southern competition. Every finalist, with the exception of Justin, has been a Southerner.” He also admits that the show has taught him that the public “like[s] safe singers.” Regarding the Corey Clark quasi-controversy, Simon says that even if Paula helped him, it doesn’t hurt the show, because it “is run by the public. … Regardless of what I say or what Paula says or what Randy says, the viewers decide who’s going to stay or go.”

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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