Judges like Fantasia better than other Idol winners

Fantasia Barrino was the audience’s favorite performer during American Idol 3, and now the judges say that she’s their favorite, too.

“If we had to choose one American Idol to go out to dinner with, it would be Fantasia. There are no airs and graces about her. … I like her,” Simon Cowell told the AP. There are no direct quotes from Paula or Randy, but they allegedly concur with Simon, or are just perhaps so scared of his biting, acerbic, never-repetitive wit that they wouldn’t dare disagree.

By the way, I’ve been wondering for a few days now how Fantasia managed to write a book that, in part, reveals she is illiterate and cannot read or write. Heck, the cover of her book only includes her name as the author.

Thankfully, the AP has an answer: Fantasia wrote Life is Not a Fairy Tale without actually writing it, as the text was “dictated to a freelance writer.”

‘Idol’ judges say Fantasia is favorite winner [AP]

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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