Turkish Idol favorite killed his cousin; Pop Idol judge says “winner was rubbish.”

Turkish Idol favorite killed his cousin; Pop Idol judge says “winner was rubbish.”
Controversy in American Idol is so lame compared to what goes down overseas. On Turkey’s version of the show, Popstar, the man who is “the favourite to win” went to jail for “five years in 1998 after he killed his cousin in a fight,” according to Ananova. To thunderous applause, Bayhan Gurhan told the show’s audience, “Yes, I injured him with a knife. Then he died in hospital. I did not mean to kill him.” Aw, sweet. Over in the UK, the Pop Idol 2 win of Michelle McManus is still pissing off judge Pete Waterman. He apparently “[stormed] off at the end of Pop Idol 2 without congratulating her,” and now accuses Simon Cowell of having a Michelle-pushing “agenda.” In The Sun, he said, “The winner was rubbish and I think her low sales probably reflect that. … She is simply not a big talent and is certainly not a pop idol. Even the people of Scotland are bored with her.” They’re so bored with her that she’s on the top of the UK charts for the third week in a row.

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.