50 cities will host pre-auditions for American Idol 6

Embarrassing yourself as part of American Idol‘s audition episodes will soon be a lot easier. For next year’s edition of the show (not this year’s fifth season), the show is adding 50 cities — yes, 50 — as part of “The Idol Auditions Tour.”

They won’t be true auditions in front of Simon, Randy, and Paula, but a sort of screening process in malls, organized by Glowcast Ventures. Those who make it through in those cities will still have to travel to one of the major cities to continue the American Idol 6 audition process. As Brandweek explains,

The first 500 people to arrive at each audition site who meet Idol’s contestant requirements can perform in front of an audience to vie for the chance to gain access to one of the show’s primary audition sites. Winners from each of the 50 audition sites will then be fast-tracked through the stadium audition process in their region, having pre-cleared this preliminary round.

The tour kicks off in August of 2006, and “will allow an estimated additional 20,000 people to try out,” according to a press release.

Fremantle Says, “Hello Cleveland! Scranton! Schenectady!…” [Brandweek]
American Idol Auditions Coming to a Town Near You with the Idol Auditions Tour [Business Wire]

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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