Melissa McGhee is the first to leave the top 12

Less than a month ago, the odds favored Ace Young to win American Idol 5. Last night, he was in the bottom three, having received the third-fewest number of votes.

However, it was Melissa McGhee who went home; she received the fewest number of votes, which kept Lisa Tucker safe. Even though she forgot some words during her performance, Simon told her, “In my opinion, this was your best performance so far.” But that may have just been a backhanded complement, as in, you suck so bad but you sucked slightly less than usual.

And Simon’s complement “wasn’t enough to win her any new fans. It was no great shock that she became the first of the 12 finalists eliminated,” MSNBC’s Craig Berman says. So why did Ace end up in the bottom three? He argues it may have been because Ace was “singing first of the 12 performers, two hours before anyone could actually vote.”

Top 12 contestants [FOX]
Forget about it, Melissa [MSNBC]

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.