Part of Idol’s live results show was taped

A segment during Wednesday’s American Idol 7 live results show was actually not live. Specifically, Katharine McPhee’s performance and the phone calls from viewers were both pre-taped.

That segment “was taped before the show started, requiring audience members to be there at 4:15 p.m. before the live part of the show started at 6 p.m.,” Billboard reports. In other words, it’d have been impossible for someone to call in and ask an embarrassing or offensive question, since that segment was not live.

The magazine looks at nine other “secrets” of an American Idol taping, including that the musicians don’t need to wear pants. “The orchestra wears sparkly blouses and proper dress shirts; their upper bodies are all that can be seen on camera. Below the line of sight they’re wearing jeans and Uggs,” Billboard says.

In addition, the judges leave their table during breaks, and “each have their own bodyguards who escort them in and out of the stage area.” They stand by the judges’ table during the show to “[make] sure no one takes a dive towards the judges.”

Ten Secrets About An American Idol Taping [Billboard]

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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