are Clay and Carmen an item?

are Clay and Carmen an item?
Are American Idol 2 finalists Clay Aiken and Carmen Rasmusen interested in one another in that special sort of way? According to family friends of Clay’s, he “and fellow contestant Carmen Rasmusen aren’t an item. He likes her–in a protective, older-brother sort of way.” If that’s true, barely legal Carmen and Clay may have a different definition of older-brother sort of ways, at least if you believe these photos: from Wednesday’s episode, there’s an image of them dancing (?), and from an earlier episode, there’s this “hug”.

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.

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.