Elliott leaves American Idol 5; all three were within 310,000 votes of each other

Katharanie McPhee and Taylor Hicks are the final two American Idol 5 contestants after Elliott Yamin was eliminated.

During the elimination show, producers actually revealed the vote totals, at least in terms of percentages, and it was extremely close. Based upon the fact that Ryan Seacrest said there were 50 million votes (obviously not an exact figure), I’ve done the math to calculate the rough, inexact number of votes that each received. The breakdown:

33.06 percent: 16,530,000 votes / Elliott Yamin
33.26 percent: 16,630,000 votes
33.68 percent: 16,840,000 votes

Presumably, and it’s totally a presumption because we weren’t told who was second or who was third, Taylor had the largest percentage, but even if he did, 210,000 votes more than Katharine is hardly a substantial lead. As Ryan Seacrest said, it was “very close.”

One more week to go.

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.