Nashville Star “surprised” industry; judge says Idol has “pageant singers.”

Nashville Star “surprised” industry; judge says Idol has “pageant singers.”
Ryan Seacrest’s jealous little jab at Nashville Star on Tuesday’s episode of American Idol 2 apparently carried little weight with country music industry professionals. According to USA TODAY, “The show has changed an initially leery industry into a group of enthusiastic supporters.” One of those, Sony A&R executive and show judge Tracy Gershon, says he’s “pleasantly surprised” with the show’s quality. Another judge, Robert Oermann, slaps back at Ryan Seacrest and American Idol, saying that show’s contestants are “pageant singers” and “glorified karaoke people,” unlike the “writer/artists with individual visions” that perform on Nashville Star.

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.