There’s a lot of reality news this week, so let the games begin!

Casey Abrams got the boot from “American Idol,” “The Voice” debuted with a bang and rapper Ice-T scored a reality show.

CU student voted off ‘Idol’

Casey Abrams had the ride of his life when he signed up for “American Idol.”

Unfortunately, viewers voted the University of Colorado music student off Thursday’s show. The judges were able to save the singer earlier this season, but that didn’t stop viewers from giving him the boot.

Abrams personable, quirky style was put to the test as “Idol” contestants performed moldy-oldies, made famous by Carole King. It was one of the season’s cheesiest music nights. Are they training these kids for Vegas lounges or record deals?

Abrams put his spin on the song “Hi De Ho,” but his vocal growls disappointed viewers.

Now “American Idol” is down to James Durbin, Lauren Alaina, Jacob Lusk, Haley Reinhart and Scott McCreery.

Great. The “AI” finale will sound like a bad “Glee” audition.

‘The Voice’ soars

After watching a gazillion ads for “The Voice,” America was skeptical about the new reality show.

How can you judge talent with your back turned? And did Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine (Maroon 5) and Blake Shelton have the personalities to drive the show — and the intuition to pick winners?

We were all surprised.

Here’s a talent show where the judges know their stuff, offer valuable criticism and champion the singers they pick to mentor. Besides, who knew that Levine and Aguilera were so funny?

Plus, you don’t have to look like a supermodel on “The Voice.” Singers of all races, ages, social status and body shapes are competing — and damn, they’re good.

“The Voice’s” talent pool puts this season’s “American Idol” singers to shame.

The show lasted two hours, but I was hooked. Judging by the ratings, so was the rest of America.


Nothing boosts you career like a reality show.

That’s why rapper Ice-T and his wife Coco are getting into the reality game with “Ice Loves Coco.” The show will air on the E! network.

The program will take viewers behind the scenes of the couple’s unconventional marriage. Among other things, viewers will find out why Coco wants to turn the family dog into an actor.

Be scared, be very scared.

‘Survivor’ villain scores show

Rob Mariano’s one of “Survivor’s” most conniving villains.

Mariano’s came back to raise hell on this season’s “Survivor” and he’s become the evil puppet master of the tribe.

Bad behavior pays off, ’cause Mariano just scored a reality show on the History Network.

The program’s called “Around the World in 80 Ways” and it co-stars Dennis Anderson. The duo will use everything from blimps to camels, as they find 80 different methods to travel the globe.

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