Sarah may be on vacation, but reality TV and the Reality Check blog goes on. I'm Tim Swift, the deputy Today editor at The Sun, and I'll be your guest blogger as the spring season peaks and the summer cycle (the prime breeding ground for new hits) just gets started.
This week marks the end of reality heavyweights "Dancing With the Stars" and "American Idol." But a new crop of reality shows is on the way. Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" resurfaces Thursday paired with the new movie-themed show, "On The Lot." And ABC's "National Bingo Night" already debuted this past Friday. Sadly after Friday's ratings (the camp fest only garnering a teeny three million viewers) the network will likely be yelling "NO BINGO!," pretty soon.
As for American Idol, speculation about the winner is heating up as Wednesday's bloated spectacle nears. With no clear favorite, many fans are saying this is actually going to be an exciting finale for once. Even Judge Simon Cowell, who usually thinks he knows everything, is stumped.
"I can't call it at this stage," Cowell told reporters last week on a conference call. "For Blake, he's a brilliant entertainer, but the negative is he's not a fantastic singer. The advantage for Jordin is she is a great singer and the negative is she hasn't done one performance yet which I can remember as a 'wow.'"
I agree. Do you?