Cancelled Idol songwriting contest may return

As I first reported Tuesday, the American Idol songwriting contest has been cancelled for this season. That is not “rumored,” but is official: it’s done for this year, but may return.

Why, after two seasons, is not returning this season? An American Idol publicist told me only that, “The contest has been a huge success, but producers are always tweaking the show a bit every year. They may bring the Songwriting contest back again, but chose not to have it part of this year’s season.”

In other words, they won’t say why amateur songwriters won’t be able to submit songs again. Last year, that contest was all but ignored, so they could have held it and ignored it again. And although it generated $10 an entry for Fox and the producers, it’s not like it produced an amazing song. Last season, “Time of My Life” did reach the top 40 (the first coronation song to do so since Kelly Clarkson) and it eventually went platinum (the first coronation song to do that), but its success probably has more to do with David Cook than the song itself.

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.