Idol launches online version of its contest

American Idol is considering a satellite radio station and is definitely going online with a new spin-off music talent show contest, which will launch this fall as an online radio station. The station’s name is a pretty substantial oxymoron: American Idol Underground.

Here’s how it works, according to Billboard.biz:

Interested contestants can upload their music to the service for a $50 entry fee in a variety of genres, such as rock, hip-hop/rap, R&B, country, Christian and pop. Once uploaded, each track will receive a minimum of 200 spins. Listeners can sample music for free and then rate each track on a 1-10 scale. Every six months, the top-rated track from each month in each category will be presented to a panel of celebrity judges, who will pick the overall grand prize winner in each category.

A Fremantle Media exec, Jason Turner, said this “activates the American Idol brand online.” Way to stir up interest, Jason — nothing gets our hearts pumping like brand activation with a $50 entry fee.

The station and contest will be run by Fluid Audio Networks. And the new station needs interns, or at least one. Specifically, an ad was posted for a “networking/programming intern” in May.

‘American Idol’ Recast On Internet Radio [Billboard.biz]
American Idol Underground internship [csudh.edu]

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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