Angela Hacker beats her brother Zac to win Nashville Star 5

Angela Hacker has won Nashville Star 5, defeating her brother, Zac, who was the runner-up. David St. Romain came in third place.

The Hackers’ mother, Susan, unsurprisingly told the TimesDaily, “Neither one of them lost. If anything, they’re both winners.” What was she going to say? I always knew my son was a loser?

Although Angela was popular throughout the competition, which began and concluded within the time it takes American Idol 6 to get through a single montage, she said backstage, “I refused to believe I was going to be the one. I was really overwhelmed when she called out my name. I’m excited this has happened. I think it’s going to sink in sometime.”

The four finalists will tour the country starting in July.

Singer from Shoals wins ‘Nashville Star’ title [TimesDaily]

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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