American Idol 5 finale begins tonight

American Idol 5 airs the first part of its finale tonight at 8 p.m. ET. Surprisingly, the performance show is only one hour long. Tomorrow night’s results show, however, will be expanded to two ridiculously padded hours.

Both Katharine McPhee and Taylor Hicks will perform three songs each, including a different brand-new song that will become their single if they win. Yesterday MJ’s Big Blog said those songs were “Make it Happen” and “Through it All,” although last night reported that “Katharine McPhee will be performing a new song on Tuesday’s performance show called ‘My Destiny’ by singer/songwriter Hanne Sorvaag according to Hanne’s website.”

As to tomorrow night’s episode, Entertainment Tonight confirms reports that Clay Aiken will appear, although doesn’t say if he’ll perform.

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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