Politicians demand Australian Idol contestant be reinstated after he lost by 27 votes

An Australian Idol contestant Dan England was eliminated from the show after losing by 27 votes, but the country’s premier wants producers to bring him back because his fans didn’t have enough time to vote.

The culprit: Daylight savings time’s start, which meant “voting lines closed an hour earlier in Queensland.”

The Premier of Queensland, Peter Beattie, told ABC radio in Australia, “we were robbed. I mean Dan was robbed. … I’m asking Channel 10 to wake up to themselves to turn back the clock to Monday and give him a fair go.”

MP Michael Caltabiano took time out of parliament’s apparently busy day and said, “With only 27 votes determining the result, it must be asked: If Queensland had daylight saving, would Dan still be in the race to become the Australian Idol?”

But a spokesperson for Ten said Dan was finished: “Dan is now out of the competition and has got an agent.”

Idol Dan ‘robbed’ by clock [Sydney Morning Herald]

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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