Donny Osmond bests his sister Marie by winning Dancing with the Stars

Dancing with the Stars‘ ninth season concluded with a probably predictable result: Donny Osmond and his pro partner Kym Johnson won the crappy trophy, beating Mya and her partner Dmitry Chaplin, who were tied with Donny and Kym in terms of judges’ points. Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel came in third place.

Although Mya was the best dancer, she didn’t improve as much, nor does she probably draw the attention of Dancing with the Stars voting base. But there are still a lot of people watching: 20.85 million people watched the final performances Monday night.

Donny did what his sister could not and won the competition: Marie Osmond made it to the finale despite a string of low scores, but ultimately came in third place. When Donny announced that he was going to be on the show, he said, “I can’t let my sister upstage me.”

As Eric Deggans notes, Donny Osmond’s fans “may have been the only ones excited about this cycle’s competition, which struggled to generate the buzz of past editions.” He suggests that “producers get the message and reinvent the show a bit, with fewer contestants, bigger stars and a more competitive field.”

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.