Becky, Bobby, Patrick, and Stevie are the first Idols to be eliminated by the audience

Viewers have voted for the first time during American Idol 5, and the first four contestants to get the ax were Becky O’Donohue, Bobby Bennett, Patrick Hall, and Stevie Scott.

None of the eliminations surprised the judges or, really, the contestants, as the four had mediocre performances on Tuesday and Wednesday. Maybe if Becky’s Maxim photos had surfaced a few days earlier, she’d still be on the show–not that viewers vote based upon anything other than raw talent, of course.

The hour-long elimination show featured lots of filler and even more cruelty than last season, and on what NBC’s Dick Ebersol said would be “the most competitive night in the history of American television,” it’ll probably bulldoze figure skating, Dancing with the Stars 2, and everything else in its path.

‘Idol’ Makes First Cuts of New Season [The 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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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.