The Voice’s winner ironically has trouble speaking, singing during the show’s finale

The Voice ended its disappointing and problematic second season as former backup singer Jermaine Paul won the show’s prize, separated by only four percentage points from runner-up Juliet Simms. Carson Daly only mentioned percentage points instead of actual vote totals, probably because the latter would have been embarrassing.

Just one-quarter of a percentage point separated third-place Tony Lucca (coached away from his New Mickey Mouse Club image by Adam Levine) from fourth place Chris Mann, who coach Christina Aguilera comforted in her bedazzled underwear.

Blake Shelton got his first win for coaching Jermaine, although he forgot to coach him on how to deal with emotion (walking around in circles looking like you’re choking isn’t great TV) or answer questions under pressure, neither of which he’s capable of doing. He also kept interrupting his final song to hug people and just stopped singing. Oh, he did manage to say “nobody but Jesus,” who apparently has more time for other reality shows now that he’s not playing Survivor.

By far the best moment of the long, two-hour finale was this cross-over promotion with NBC’s Parks & Recreation, the network’s best comedy:

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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