iTunes rankings accidentally revealed again

While the rankings of American Idol 7‘s finalists’ recordings on iTunes are supposed to be hidden, they were accidentally revealed Wednesday before the results show, when Ramiele Malubay was eliminated.

At “4 p.m. PT” on Wednesday, “the pre-orders for the studio session downloads of the top 9 “Idol” contestants’ performances for Dolly Parton week were listed — and ranked — under the Top Albums section of the music store,” Billboard reported.

However, only six of the nine appeared in the top 100, and Ramiele wasn’t one of them. The leader was David Archuleta, the only one of those six to break the top 10. Here’s how it broke down, according to Billboard:

…David Archuleta’s “Smoky Mountain Memories” is in at No. 7, followed by Michael Johns’ ‘It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right” at No. 12, David Cook’s “Little Sparrow” at No. 14, Jason Castro’s “Travelin’ Thru” at No. 20, Carly Smithson’s “Here You Come Again” at No. 30 and Brooke White’s “Jolene” at No. 47.”

When the iTunes rankings were accidentally revealed earlier this season, during the semi-final rounds, the exact same men–Jason Castro, David Archuleta, David Cook, and Michael Johns–were popular.

‘Idol’ Download Rankings Appear On iTunes [Billboard]

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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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