Helio Castroneves wins Dancing with the Stars 5

Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough won Dancing with the Stars 5, even though Mel B. and Maks were the “highest-scoring couple of the season,” as host Tom Bergeron said in the show’s final moments. With the win, Julianne ties Cheryl Burke’s record for back-to-back wins; last season, she was paired with winner Apolo Ohno.

Marie Osmond’s doll-collecting fan base didn’t do enough to keep her in the competition, as she was eliminated first. Access Hollywood reported Tuesday that the Children’s Miracle Network sent out millions of e.mail messages asking fans to vote for her, but those weren’t enough to overcome her poorly received final dances.

The finalists’ dances both received perfect 30s from the judges, making them irrelevant. The judges’ scores from both nights left Mel with 85 points, while Helio had 84. After the final dance, host Tom Begeron summed up the season in numbers: “10 weeks ago, 12 stars started out in this competition. After 2,301 judges points, 94 competitive dances, 14 gallons of spray-tan–seriously–only two couples and one set of scores remain,” he said.

Maks isn’t ‘Dancing’ around it: Marie can’t win [Access Hollywood]

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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