MJ Santilli – Founder/Editor
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I started this blog on a lark, back in the fall of 2005. mjsbigblog began as a space to collect American Idol spoilers. We were at the apex of the singing competition’s popularity back then, and before I knew it, I had visitors to the site. Not only did the site have visitors, but those eager American Idol fans started and engaged in witty, intelligent conversations in the comments section. While the blog has grown, the community’s smart, sassy knowledgeable fans have grown right along with it, and have been the heartbeat of the site.
Our coverage grew from American Idol spoilers, to episode recaps, obsessive chart watching, to updates on American Idol alumni. Taking note that readers also loved to watch and discuss other reality shows, we expanded our reach to competition series, including Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Survivor, The Amazing Race, Big Brother, The Bachelor, Celebrity Apprentice The X Factor, and The Voice. We’ve dipped our toes into scripted fare such as Glee, Nashville and Empire–series that appeal to our music-loving audience. We’ve also expanded our coverage to include live coverage of award shows, fun gossip, industry news, music and concert coverage, and interviews with our favorite reality grads.
Mjsbigblog strives to be a one-stop shop for all of your TV Reality Show needs, including up-to-the-minute news, spoilers, LIVE recaps, interviews, reviews and MORE.
Over the nearly 10 years mjsbigblog has been in existence, we’ve attracted talented writers and recappers who have lent their unique and expert voices to our ever-growing list of TV shows and topics. Here is who we are:
MJ Santilli – Founder and Editor – Over the course of running mjsbigblog, she’s lent her expertise on reality shows to publications like MTV, USA Today, CNN, ABC News and more, and has written on the subject of reality TV for the New York Post, Entertainment Weekly and AOL TV. MJ recaps American Idol and The Voice and manages day to day editing and news items.
Kirsten – Since the beginning, this smart statistician has been covering chart news. She posts daily updates on how reality show grads are faring on mediabase, Nielsen Soundscan, Billboard and Box Score charts.
Deb B – Our resident country music expert covers the country music news and live televised country events in addition to recapping ABC’s ‘Nashville.’ Additionally, she occasionally does long-form chart analysis that has been cited by Entertainment Weekly, Pitchfork, and more.
E.M. Rosenberg – E.M. writes witty, snarky insights to shows such as The Bachelor, The Bachelorette. You can read her scathingly witty views on today’s headlines at parodify.com.
Mateja Pratnik – Studies law at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, Slovenia and covers X Factor UK for mjsbigblog. In her free time she like to read books, watch TV and listen to music.
Adam Samuel – Contributing Writer/Researcher at mjsbigblog.com. Adam is currently a college student balancing a journalism major with his love for reality singing shows.
John Mac – Covers So You Think You Can Dance and is a contributor to American Idol coverage. Editor in Chief of macthemovieguy.com, broadwayrumormill.com, viralmytube.us, and iliveinorlando.org. Editor of houseofgeekery.com.
Amanda Bug – Is the founder of Celebrity Bug and Celebrity Bug Television. An opinionated blogger that loves all aspects of entertainment including music, movies, sports, fashion and more.
Steven Curtis – Recapper of Survivor, Big Brother, The Amazing Race and Celebrity Apprentice. Graduate of the University of West Florida with a bachelor’s degree in communication arts. He enjoys watching reality competition shows, such as American Idol, Survivor, Big Brother, and The Amazing Race.