Melissa Lawson wins Nashville Star 6

Melissa Lawson has won Nashville Star 6, the first season of the country music competition to be broadcast on NBC.

Her single “What if it All Goes Right” will be on the radio starting today, and she now has a contract with Warner Brothers Records for an album that will be produced by John Rich. NBC said in a press release that she “will perform live from the Summer Olympics in Beijing on August 12, to be telecast on NBC’s ‘Today.'” The 32-year-old mother lost almost 50 pounds since auditioning for the show.

She beat Gabe Garcia, who placed second, and Shawn Mayer. The three of them, along with fourth-place contestant Coffey Anderson, start touring together on Sept. 12.

The show has performed well in the ratings when compared to its previous home on USA Network, but is down for NBC. Last week, it had 6.07 million viewers, in third place behind repeats of House and How I Met Your Mother, according to TV By the Numbers.

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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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