American Idol opening a kids’ summer camp, while Idol’s producers will direct the Emmys

American Idol is taking over the world one piece at a time.

First, the company behind the show, FremantleMedia, is creating a summer camp for kids based on the series. Idol Camp, which is only for kids ages 12 and 15, is described as “fun-filled and [a] non-competitive training ground,” which means acerbic Brits probably won’t scream at the kids, nor will sober former pop idols not hit on them.

Instead, the camp “will include master classes from surprise celebrity guest performing artists, favorite former American Idol contestants and other top industry professionals,” according to a press release. “Daily instruction will also be provided in a variety of classes from singing, dancing and acting to song writing and audition techniques as well as traditional camp activities such as swimming and field sports.”

The camp is in Northfield, Mass., and Fremantle says there will be “limited enrollment and applicants demonstrating enthusiasm, dedication, a desire to perform and a passion for the arts,” with some students receiving “fully paid scholarships based on financial need.”

Meanwhile, American Idol‘s executive producers have been hired to executive produce the Emmy Awards show in the fall, Variety reports. “Nigel [Lythgoe] and Ken [Warwick] have consistently raised the creative bar with their innovative work on ‘American Idol’ and we believe they will continue to do so during their first Emmy telecast,” said FOX’s Peter Liguori, whose network will air the show this year.

There are no details yet on changes they plan to make, but Lythgoe said, “While appreciating the traditional and maintaining the high standards of past Emmy Award ceremonies, we will also be recognizing the ever-changing landscape of today’s successful television. It is a great honor and a wonderful challenge.”

Idol Camp
American Idol Performing Art Summer Camp Launches [FremantleMedia press release]
Emmy telecast’s in ‘Idol’ hands [Variety]

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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