American Idol 2 finalists concert tour begins July 8, but without Vanessa.

American Idol 2 finalists concert tour begins July 8, but without Vanessa.
Vanessa Olivarez will be absent on this summer’s American Idol 2 finalists concert tour, as will booted finalist Corey Clark. But rest of the finalists–Clay Aiken, Kimberly Caldwell, Julia DeMato, Joshua Gracin, Charles Grigsby, Kimberley Locke, Carmen Rasmusen (who said on lat night’s show she’ll be waming up for Dave Matthews soon), Rickey Smith, Ruben Studdard, and Trenyce–will perform in 39 cities through the end of August. Josh Gracin has been granted permission by the Marines to take the summer off to perform. Officially known as the “Pop Tarts Presents American Idols Live tour,” the concerts are obviously sponsored by Pop Tarts, which I think are best with frosting, eaten with the crust broken off and frosting side down.
+ plus: judge denies man suing American Idol a temporary restraining order that would have shut down the show.

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.