Paris Bennett leaves Idol but is joined in the bottom two by Elliott Yamin

After “almost 45 and a half million votes” were cast on American Idol 5 on Tuesday, Paris Bennett went home. She was joined in the bottom two by Elliott Yamin.

The results show was rather uneventful, except for some weird lighting design that caused the finalists to be bathed in blue light while they were waiting to hear if they were safe or not, temporarily turning them into Smurfs, and for a weird comment Ryan Seacrest made to Taylor after a break. “I can never wear shoulder pads again after seeing that, Taylor,” he said.

Simon Cowell also referred to the survey that said he was the most-respected judge, although he totally misquoted it. Talking about his popularity, he said, “I thought 78 percent was low,” Simon said. But the 78 percent was actually and ironically the number of people who don’t vote, not the percent who value his opinion the most (24).

Next week, the final four will perform Elvis Presley songs, after traveling to Graceland this week to tour Graceland with Priscilla and work with “ruthless and callous” music industry personality Tommy Mottola.

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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