Canadian Idol allows auditioners to play instruments

Canadian Idol will at least one of the ratings-increasing changes made to the Australian version of the show: Those who audition will be allowed to play instruments.

While the new rules “allow competitors to play instruments during their auditions,” the CP reports, “producers say competitors who perform a cappella this year will be judged the same as those who play instruments.” While the show remains a singing competition, “The instruments may also return later in the series next summer.”

Auditions start January 27 and continue through April, and the show debuts in June.

‘Idol’ OKs singers to play instruments [CP]

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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