misspelled name blamed for missing Corey’s arrest; finalists’ single changed.

misspelled name blamed for missing Corey’s arrest; finalists’ single changed.
Monday, shortly after American Idol 2 contestant Corey Clark was revealed by The Smoking Gun to be about to stand trial for battering his teenage sister, producers eliminated him from the competition. Their official statement, reprinted by The Smoking Gun, says that he “withheld information about a prior arrest which, had it been known, might have affected his participation in the show.” On Tuesday’s show, Corey denied the charges but apologized to potential finalists, saying he didn’t say anythign because he “was scared.” Why didn’t FOX catch the arrest? The statement says it was “an error in a police report which misspelled Corey’s name.”
+ also: finalists charity single will now include “God Bless the USA” and Lee Greenwood’s “I’m Proud To Be an American,” not “What the World Needs Now Is Love.”

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

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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.