duet from Pop Idol winner and runner-up lands at number one in the UK.

duet from Pop Idol winner and runner-up lands at number one in the UK.
Gareth Gates and Will Young, the respective runner-up and winner of the UK’s Pop Idol, have collaborated on a song that is the number one song in the country. After months of battling each other for the top spot with various singles, they performed a duet–a cover of The Beatles’ The Long and Winding Road–which has landed at number one on the UK charts, beating a new song from Oasis.
+ plus: contestant dismissed from the UK’s Popstars: The Rivals for being 10 days too old.
+ and: Simon Cowell says of Rivals judges, “It was ridiculous that the judges put through the blind boy.”

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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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.