producers’ lawyer says tabloid wrong, Kelly “didn’t have a recording deal.”

producers’ lawyer says tabloid wrong, Kelly “didn’t have a recording deal.”
After revelations that Kelly Clarkson may have had a recording contract before auditioning for American Idol, which would have been against the show’s rules, a lawyer for those she was recording songs for says The Sun’s story, as reported by the New York Post, was wrong. Instead, “Kelly had a contract to record five songs for the purpose of getting a recording agreement and nothing came of this,” Jay Cooper, the lawyer representing the producers, told Knight Ridder. He says Kelly “did ‘nothing wrong'” and also says the tabloid “got it wrong. … She didn’t have a recording deal.”
+ also: producers: “Kelly Clarkson … did not breach any rules of the competition.”
+ and: Kelly’s stepfather: “She’s never been under any kind of a contract other than the one with American Idol.”

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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.

about the writer

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.