Simon Cowell says it “was a mistake” to sign runner-up Justin Guarini to RCA.

Simon Cowell says it “was a mistake” to sign runner-up Justin Guarini to RCA.
Not that Simon Cowell’s superlative insults have impact any more, but they are fun. The latest: Simon says American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini is “a sort of wedding-singer entertainer,” but he prefaces that remark saying it’s “a compliment.” Despite the flattery, Simon says that “signing him was a mistake.” But Justin shouldn’t feel bad, because he has company: Simon also says “Madonna is ‘Over.’ Enrique Iglesias ‘Can’t sing a note.’ Bob Dylan is ‘Too ugly, too boring, too whiny and too serious.’ And Britney Spears ‘can’t sing’ while Mariah Carey has a ‘Great voice’ but must ‘Lose the attitude.'” That’s according to the New York Post’s summary of this week’s TV Guide interview with the Cowell. In it, he also breaks news by saying that Ruben Studdard is “bigger than he ever was,” adding that “Ruben’s weight is literally out of control.”

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Verlox from The Quest

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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.