Memphis audition for American Idol 5 cancelled

As a result of the “the extensive disaster relief efforts currently being coordinated in” Memphis after Hurricane Katrina, FOX is cancelling the American Idol 5 auditions that would have taken place Monday.

In a press release, FOX says,

“The city of Memphis has taken on the responsibility of taking in tens of thousands of refugees from Hurricane Katrina, and out of respect for the city’s citizens, their public services, and the need to focus public safety efforts on the victims, this decision was made.”

Auditions there will not be rescheduled; instead, “[a]nother audition city for this season will be announced shortly,” the release says. The next auditions are in Denver on Sept. 11 and Chicago on Sept. 16.

“American Idol” Auditions in Memphis Cancelled [FOX press release]

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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