Lauren Alaina out, Haley Reinhart back on Idol finale? Or just a last-minute publicity stunt?

A report suggests that American Idol 10 finalist Lauren Alaina has lost her voice and will be forced to drop out of the finale, replaced by last week’s eliminated contestant, Haley Reinhart.

TMZ reports, citing its usual, vague “spies,” that during rehearsal, Lauren “got through the first [song], struggled through the second and was unable to perform the third,” and “a doctor on the set has ordered Lauren not to sing or speak, but there is a ‘real possibility’ she will not be able to perform on tonight’s show,” which means “producers will reinstate” Haley.

Hilariously, the story ends with “Producers are trying to find Haley right now,” as if she’s lost.

MJ of MJ’s Big Blog notes that this comes from “Nigel [Lythgoe]’s ‘friends’ at TMZ,” and wrote, “I smell a publicity stunt!”

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.