Despite low ratings, Rock Star: INXS “may be a clever move” for the band

Rock Star: INXS isn’t the next American Idol. It’s not even the next Dancing with the Stars. Last week’s episode “continued its slide,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, which says only 4.3 million viewers tuned in on Wednesday.

But Billboard reports that INXS’ decision to find a new lead singer via the Mark Burnett CBS reality show “may be a clever move.” That’s because, “[o]n national TV, even poor ratings translate into invaluable exposure for an act trying to re-establish itself.”

When the show debuted, the number of copies of The Best of INXS that were sold “nearly tripled to more than 5,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That represents the album’s best week since its debut.” And now, “the band has a new record deal with Epic, thanks largely to the show.”

The show continues until Oct. 5, although last week, two performers were eliminated.

INXS rolls the dice with reality TV move [Billboard]
Fox’s ‘Dance’ stumbles in 2nd week [The Hollywood Reporter]

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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