Katharine McPhee misses start of Idol tour because of bronchitis, laryngitis

Last night in Manchester, NH, the American Idol 5 finalists began their 51 city tour. Runner-up Katharine McPhee, however, was not with them.

She has “severe bronchitis and laryngitis,” according to the AP, and has been ordered by her doctors to have “total voice rest.” In a written statement, Katharine said, “I need to follow my doctor’s orders to recuperate and reunite with the rest of the idols. … That’s the most difficult part, not talking!”

The tour continues tonight in Manchester, and then moves on to Worcester Friday and Saturday. People magazine talked to some of the finalists to see what they’ll be bringing along on the tour, and the results are, to say the least, predictable. Bucky will bring a cowboy hat, and hopefully a personality, while Elliott will be brining his insulin. And Mandisa will have her Bible, which will be handy if she needs to swat away any of her former gay fans.

American Idol tour starts without runner-up McPhee [AP]
Idol Tour Must-Haves [People]

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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