Saleisha wins America’s Next Top Model 9

Saleisha Cooper is America’s next next next next next next next next next top model. She defeated Chantal Jones, who came in second, and Jenah Doucette, who came in third, to win the love of Tyra Banks and the other judges. She wins a $100,000 CoverGirl contract and a Seventeen magazine cover and spread.

Not that there’s any actual rationale for the judges’ often irrational decisions, and as evidence of that, the judges “felt Chantal was believable as a cover girl and more high-fashion than Saleisha — who they called commercial,” according to Reality TV World. “However Chantal was also deemed to be too amateur and a bit uncomfortable in her runway walk, while Saleisha’s previous experience as a model obviously paid-off as she owned the catwalk during the finale’s runway fashion show at Beijing’s Forbidden City.”

The conclusion of the green season is also the conclusion of Twiggy’s time on the series, as she’s being replaced by Paulina Porizkova for the 10th season.

Saleisha Cooper wins ‘America’s Next Top Model’s ninth season [Reality TV World]

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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