Sanjaya’s singing makes a little girl cry

While the performances on American Idol 6 were considerably better than they were last week, especially from the men, the star of last night’s episode was not one of the final 11 contestants. Instead, it was a young girl in the audience, one who bawled her way through Sanjaya’s performance.

The girl, wearing pigtails and braces, was sitting on the aisle, and cried throughout the show. But we really got to see and know her during Sajaya’s crowd-wandering, quasi-rock ‘n’ roll performance of The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” when, let’s be honest, most everyone was in tears.

Simon’s critique of Sanjaya was a single sentence: “I think the little girl’s face says it all.” But she wasn’t crying because her ears hurt. “I actually think she liked him,” Seacrest said. “You enjoyed that? You’re a fan?” he said, and asked her name. Sanjaya then hugged Ashley, who cried more.

“Are you having fun, sweetheart? Yeah? Okay. Just checking. If you need anything, let us know; we’ll be right here,” Seacrest said. At the end of the show, he invited her up to the stage, where she cried more, hugging the contestants awkwardly.

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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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.