Twitter now has the power to save a Voice contestant

Reality TV competitions’ use of social media to cast votes takes another step forward tomorrow tonight, as The Voice will allow people on Twitter to save a contestant from possible elimination.

The “instant save” will apply to the three people in danger of being sent home, and will only be active for five minutes. This doesn’t entirely screw over those watching on the west coast, because the bottom three will be revealed on the show’s Twitter account, and fans there can then tweet to save an artist.

Any tweet with #voicesave and the artist’s first name will count, and the person with the most saves will be safe; retweets count, too. Here’s Carson Daly explaining all of this:

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.