American Idol reaches out to guitar players: “Now you can audition with your guitar!”

The 12th season of American Idol was the first in years to not be won by a guitar-playing white male (“WGWG,” as the Idol community nicknamed them), but the show is making sure that any contestants with guitars really feel welcome for its next season.

The Fox show’s web site announced this yesterday with a headline that declares: Now You Can Audition With Your Guitar! Finally!

There is a caveat, though, which is that auditioners have to prove they can sing without a guitar first: “each audition MUST start with an a capella piece and hopefuls will only be able to use their guitars after the a capella audition at the discretion of the producers,” the site says.

Cattle call auditions start tomorrow, and the show is also accepting online auditions.

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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