Judges save Matt Giraud from his not-very-shocking elimination

There was a shocking end to American Idol 8 last night: after overruning Tuesday night and last week, too, the show actually finished on time! Oh, and the judges took advantage of the new judges’ save rule and saved Matt Giraud from elimination. Lil Rounds joined him in the bottom two, while Anoop Desai was third from last, and seemed to be the most upset.

I know Matt has fans and talent, and he definitely deserved to be saved more than Scott MacIntyre, but was this really the shocking elimination the judges’ save was meant to prevent? Matt is no Jennifer Hudson, who coincidentally performed during the results show during which the rule that would have probably saved her was first used.

The good part is we no longer have to endure the fake drama at the end of every elimination as the judges “confer” and Simon ends up pretending to be forced into making the decision. Now if Ryan Seacrest would just stop with his fake-outs, which now just have the effect of annoying the contestants; they don’t believe anything he says and just stand there until he finally has to actually deliver the results.

Anyway, because Matt was saved, next week, two contestants will go home. As Simon Cowell astutely pointed out, that’s actually bad news for the contestants–especially since, as he said, “next week, it’s disco week.” So, we’ll get performances in a genre in which no one will ever record a song, and that may very well result in not one but two strong singers going home, and then American Idol 8 will finally get its really shocking elimination.

Hey, this judges’ save is awesome!

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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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.