Miley Cyrus will mentor Idol finalists, who will sing Billboard #1s instead of teen idol songs

American Idol 9 changed the theme for tomorrow night’s performance episode. Instead of performing songs by teen idols, they will instead perform Billboard #1 hits–although Wednesday’s results show will be filled with performances by teen stars: and Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato, and Miley Cyrus, who will also mentor the finalists.

Fox announced that today, although MJ first reported the identity of the previously secret mentor, Miley Cyrus, and the change in themes, which was accidentally revealed on the show’s web site.

The reason for the change isn’t clear, however. The Fox press release said only that “Miley Cyrus will appear as a guest mentor … and help the Top 11 finalists … prepare for their performances on a Billboard No.1 Hits-themed show,” and that Wednesday’s results show will include Cyrus performing “When I Look At You” and Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato performing “Make A Wave.” We might eventually find out who goes home, too.

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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