“Friday”: Finally a hit song for Taylor Hicks

American Idol‘s fifth-season winner, Taylor Hicks, finally has a new hit on his hands: a popular video of him parodying the viral video of Rebecca Black’s performance of “Friday.”

On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert challenged Fallon to raise money for charity, and after raising $26,000 for DonorsChoose, which funds classroom projects, Colbert performed “Friday.” He was joined by the Roots and, spoiler alert, Taylor Hicks–and his appearance made the whole thing even more perfectly ridiculous. Taylor at once made fun of himself a little bit and made himself seem a lot cooler.

If you’ve been hiding from the Internet the past three weeks, Rebecca Black’s version of “Friday” has become an overnight sensation because of its insipid lyrics, the overproduction of the 13-year-old’s singing, and the cheesy video.

Here’s the performance from Late Night:

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.