Lee and Crystal both sign record deals; Lee leads on iTunes; Crystal splits with boyfriend

Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox have both signed record deals less than a day after the conclusion of American Idol 9.

Billboard reported that “DeWyze is signed to 19 Recordings Limited and RCA Records, while Bowersox is signed to 19 Recordings Limited and Jive Records. DeWyze joins Daughtry and Adam Lambert at RCA, while Bowersox can now count past ‘Idol’ winners Jordin Sparks and Kris Allen, and 2009 finalist Allison Iraheta, as her labelmates.”

Their records will likely be released late this year. Right now, their first singles are available on iTunes, and while Crystal was initially outselling Lee in pre-orders, Lee’s “Beautiful Day” is now outselling Crystal’s “Up to the Mountain,” according to the combined iTunes sales chart. As of 9:30 p.m. ET, Lee is at #2, while Crystal is #5. This is not a surprise at all: His victory alone would generate more interest, but his single is a far more recognizable cover, never mind the fact that his music is more commercial.

Finally, if you care about such things, Crystal and her 26-year-old boyfriend Tony Kusian broke up on Tuesday, right before the final performance episode. On Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, she said, according to USA TODAY, “We’re both logical, grown adults. He’s a small town guy and it’s fine. But I’m a small town girl, but I want this. I want this more than anything — this career, this lifestyle. I didn’t think he was up for it. He didn’t think he was up for it.”

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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