Seven of Idol’s eight Southerners remain, despite being underrepresented in the top 24

When American Idol‘s top 24 were unveiled, a minority were from the South. That’s significant because every single winner so far has been a Southerner.

However, as the New York Times points out, only two of this season’s eight Southerners have been eliminated. (I initially counted seven, excluding LaKisha, who FOX says is from Maryland; tangentially, some of her more annoying supporters want to insist she’s from Flint, where she was born.)

Perhaps more importantly, two of those initial eight, Melinda and LaKisha, are easily the favorites to win. The other remaining Southerners are Haley Scarnato, Chris Richardson, Chris Sligh, and Phil Stacey.

Not that Melinda or LaKisha need any additional support, but the Times also notes that this year, as last year, more viewers are from the South. Last year, “the South accounted for 39 percent of ‘Idol’ viewers, compared with 21 percent each in the Northeast and North Central regions and 19 percent in the West.” This year, “the two-hour season premiere had a 34.7 share in Atlanta, compared with 22.3 in New York and 18.2 in Los Angeles.”

On ‘Idol,’ the South Rises Again … and Again [New York Times]

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.