behind-the-scenes gossip: Kimberly Caldwell “had to wave for” the others to come over.

behind-the-scenes gossip: Kimberly Caldwell “had to wave for” the others.
A friend of American Idol 2 finalist Clay Aiken’s best friend traveled with her to Hollywood and reports from behind the scenes of a taping. She says Kimberly Caldwell “had to wave for the contestants to come over and ‘rally’ around her” after she was kicked off, and reveals what’s in the judges’ Coke cups (water for Randy, Perrier for Simon and Paula). Meanwhile, an Orlando Weekly reporter talked to the American Idol cast members whose mall tour stopped in Central Florida last Saturday. The reporter talked to Charles Grigsby, who says he has “mad offers” and business cards from celebrities. He also had a conversation with Ejay Day, who complimented the reporter’s shirt, prompting him to write, “He’s gay, obviously. And his makeup is fermenting.”
+ also: AT&T Wireless has only made $100,000 on American Idol text messaging so far.

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.

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.