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'American Idol' winner Fantasia returning to 'After Midnight,' plus more reality TV news

Fantasia Barrino onstage during the "After Midnight" opening

Fantasia Barrino onstage during the "After Midnight" opening night curtain call on Nov. 3, 2013 at Brooks Atkinson Theatre in Manhattan. Credit: Getty Images / Astrid Stawiarz

BROADWAY 'IDOL.' "American Idol" season-three winner Fantasia returns as one of the rotating guest stars of the Broadway musical "After Midnight" from May 13 to June 8. On her opening night, $5 from each ticket will be donated to the venerable Harlem School of the Arts.

The Grammy Award-winner was the first guest star in the show with a run from last October through Feb. 9, followed by k.d. lang, the current duo of Toni Braxton and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds through March 30, and Vanessa Williams from April 1 to May 11. With music by Wynton Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars, the musical plays at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on West 47th Street.


BETTER THAN A 'KITCHEN NIGHTMARES' CRUISE. Famed chef and "MasterChef" judge Graham Elliot, series winners Christine Ha and Luca Manfe and "MasterChef Junior" winner Alexander Weiss will all be aboard a seven-day culinary cruise of the Caribbean on Holland America's MS Westerdam from Nov. 8 to 15. "MasterChef" fans will get the chance to hone their cooking skills alongside talent from the show, a Fox statement said. For more information, go to


PREMIERES. Chef and culinary writer Andrew Zimmern returns for a sixth season of exploring "Bizarre Foods America," Monday at 9 p.m. on Travel . . . Then at 10 on TruTV, two Alabama locksmiths unlock mysteries on the new series "The Safecrackers" . . . Tuesday at 10 p.m., Syfy's new "Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge," hosted by Gigi Edgley ("Farscape"), promises a job to one of 10 design / fabrication / mechanization artists . . . Comedian Joan Rivers and daughter return for a fourth season of WE's "Joan & Melissa" Saturday at 10 p.m. . . . and Sunday night at 10 on E!, New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker and his country-singer wife are back for season two of "Eric & Jessie: Game On."


RECAPS. M.K. Nobilette was idled on "American Idol" . . . Cliff Robinson did not survive "Survivor" . . . "The Face" offed Kira Dikhtyar, while Chloe Sens will no longer face "Face Off" . . . Randy Vollink is no "Ink Master" . . . RuPaul's "Drag Race" eliminated Jason Carrión aka April Carrión . . . and Natalia Fedner was "Under the Gunn"ed down.

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