Tim Urban changed “Hallelujah” lyrics to say “I know that there’s a God above”

Tim Urban may make it through to the American Idol 9 top 12, perhaps because his singing improved significantly so much that he got a hug from Ellen DeGeneres, or perhaps because he appealed to religious voters by changing the lyrics of “Hallelujah.”

The Jeff Buckley version of Leonard Cohen’s song–which Tim covered–includes the line “Well maybe there’s a God above/But all I’ve ever learned from love.” However, as a reality blurred commenter noticed, Tim actually sang, “I know that there’s a God above.”

To shorten the song to meet the time requirement, he skipped the second, third, and fourth verses, including lines such as “Your faith was strong but you needed proof/You saw her bathing on the roof.” But otherwise, his song had the exact same lyrics, except for the God line.

Here’s Tim’s version:

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.