American Idol 6 dumps its first four semi-finalists

After almost 32 million votes were cast, according to Ryan Seacrest, American Idol 6 eliminated its first four semi-finalists.

Barefoot Paul Kim and boring Rudy Cardenas went home first. Both were paired on-stage with other contestants who got a lot more air time during the audition rounds, Sundance Head and Sanjaya Malakar, so the elimination of the former two men instead of the latter two was not a surprise.

As to the women, Amy Krebs, who Simon said had “the personality of a candle,” and Nicole Tranquillo, whose signing Paula called “out of this world.” The women’s elimination, during which Seacrest sent women one at a time to safety, “nearly proved disastrous, as a couple looked like they were fighting the urge not to be sick onstage,” MSNBC’s Craig Berman writes.

American Idol 3 winner Fantasia Barrino appeared to fill time and announce that she will join the Broadway cast of “The Color Purple starting on April 10.

Two more weeks of semi-final competition remain, at which time Idol will move its giant ass off of Thursdays and go back to its regular Tuesdays and Wednesdays schedule.

Four singers go home on ‘American Idol’ [MSNBC]

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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