David Cook, David Archuleta threatened with arrest, quarantine in Philippines over swine flu

American Idol 7‘s winner and runner-up were threatened with arrest and quarantine in the Philippines after skipping a swine flu check in the airport.

They are there for a concert, and the AP reports that the two “rushed through the airport Wednesday without completing health checks that are mandatory for everyone entering the country,” so Philippine “[o]fficials caught up with them in their hotel rooms Thursday and reminded them that they can be arrested if they do not cooperate.”

Quarantine bureau director Edgardo Sabitsana told the AP, “We had to mention the authority of the quarantine bureau … that we can do something if they refuse,” but he said the Davids were “very receptive, they were very cooperative.”

David and David have been instructed to “report their temperatures at least twice a day before their open-air concert Saturday” and “[keep] a distance of six feet from other people,” the AP says, because the country wants to make sure it stays free of swine flu.

Swine flu hasn’t been kind to reality show cast members; late last month, Heidi and Spencer were forced into isolation in Mexico to protect themselves.

Philippines asks ‘Idols’ to check for flu [AP]

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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