American Idol drops semi-finals, adds challenges for contestants

For its 10th season, American Idol is changing significantly: Besides adding mentor Jimmy Iovine and Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, who will judge with Randy Jackson, the show will not have a top 24 or semi-final round, and the top 12 contestants will have to complete various challenges. That’s according to its returning executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe.

The show’s “finalists will face new challenges, including contests to make the best music video, to promote themselves, and to work with a band and dancers for an awards show-style performance,” TV Guide reports.

And the semi-finals will be dropped because, Nigel told the magazine, “I didn’t think [the top 24] were very good, I was bored with them by the time they got there.” But as of now, we don’t know how the show will go from a mass of people during Hollywood week to the top 12; perhaps the show doesn’t even know yet. But if it stays with the same four-plus month schedule, there will be a lot of extra time to kill–though the magazine notes that “more contenders are being sent through to Hollywood” this year.

Nigel Lythgoe Reveals New Challenges for American Idol’s 10th Season [TV Guide]

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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