Andrew Garcia, John Park lead Idols in social networking followers; Lee Dewyze gained more

American Idol is essentially a popularity contest with karaoke, but there haven’t been many opportunities to quantify the contestants’ popularity except for actual votes received. However, this season, Fox has given each of the semi-finalists an official/controlled Twitter, MySpace, and Facebook profile, and a web site has aggregated how many followers each semi-finalist has.

Andrew Garcia leads the list by a significant margin, as he did last week, according to the fascinating data compiled by The TV Addict. He’s followed by John Park (who was number two last week) and then Tim Urban, which may explain how he stuck around despite singing horribly. Michelle Delamor is the least-popular semi-finalist right now, just as she was last week. Of course, those numbers aren’t necessarily reflective of votes; someone who’s popular on Twitter may not be the person grandparents and grandkids call in and vote for.

Compared to last week, Lee Dewyze added 193 percent, while Todrick Hall had the smallest increase: 48 percent. Aaron Kelly fell a few rungs (7th to 5th), while Casey James moved up the list (10th to 4th). Check out the full list to see everyone’s placement.

The Top 20 By the Numbers [The TV Addict]

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.