final American Idol 3 auditions will be held in Hawaii in late Sept.

final American Idol 3 auditions will be held in Hawaii in late Sept., early Oct.
American Idol 3 will travel to Hawaii late in Sept. for the final set of auditions. From Sept. 28 to 30, auditions will be held at the Aloha Stadium, and the group will be narrowed at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel from Oct. 1 to 5, with Randy, Paula, and Simon showing up the final two days. The show’s supervising producers tells the Honolulu Advertiser that Hawaii was selected over Miami as the location for the final set of auditions, and says he expects people to fly to the island to audition. The paper also reveals a probably unsurprising part of the initial selection process, when producers select people standing in line “based on personality and charisma, with talent becoming a factor when they face judges.”
+ also: 10 out of 5,000 made the cut in Pasadena yesterday; Ryan Seacrest is 26 years old (!).

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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