David Cook’s pre-taped Idol appearance follows two cancelled concerts

“David Cook will be here” Wednesday night, Ryan Seacrest said at the end of American Idol 8‘s performance episode on Tuesday, but he won’t actually be there. His performance of “Come Back to Me” was taped two weeks ago, which is notable because David cancelled two concerts earlier this week.

A post on his web site said “We are canceling Monday and Tuesday’s shows to allow David time to deal with personal family matters.” While the post doesn’t elaborate, People reports that “Cook’s brother Adam has been battling brain cancer for over a decade, and Cook’s rep tells PEOPLE that David spent time with Adam last week.”

He was scheduled to appear in New Hampshire at Colby Sawyer College and Connecticut at South Connecticut University. His next scheduled concert is Thursday in North Carolina at Wilmington University.

David’s Wednesday night performance was taped after the results show on March 18 (it’s not uncommon for guest appearances to be pre-taped), and David Cook’s Fansite has details about what happened besides his performance.

Colby Sawyer College (New London, NH) and So. Connecticut University (New Haven, CT) Shows Cancelled [David Cook]
David Cook Cancels Shows Due to ‘Family Matters’ [People]
David Cook Idol Pre-Taping [David Cook’s Fansite]

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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