Australian Idol finalists to get Big Brother treatment; finalist is a drag queen.

Australian Idol finalists to get Big Brother treatment; finalist is a drag queen.
Australian Idol will include “a Big Brother-style, round-the-clock peek-a-boo of the final contestants, who will be locked up together in a Sydney house nearing the end of the show.” There aren’t many details, since the contestants have been barred from speaking to the media.
Also, one of the 40 finalists is a drag queen who is participating in the show in character. Shane Jenek auditioned first as himself but was rejected; while performing as Courtney Act, he “breezed through to the top forty contestants,” the show’s site reports.
+ also: some finalists claim others are receiving preferential treatment in the media.

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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