Michelle says she’s not depressed, drunk; Pop Idol finalists have #1 song.

Michelle says she’s not depressed, drunk; Pop Idol finalists have #1 song.
Pop Idol 2 winner Michelle McManus responded to rumors that she’s a suicidal depressed drunk. “‘Apparently, I’m some manic depressive on Prozac who hates London, can’t cope with the lifestyle and is hitting the bottle,” she told the Sunday Mail. “‘Just because I haven’t been in the celebrity hangouts or falling out of nightclubs in front of the paparazzi, I’m supposed to be suicidal.” Instead, she says is “interviews and TV and photo-shoots. And I love it.” Two other Pop Idol 2 finalists are also loving life. Together, Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes have the number one song in the UK, a cover of the Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends.”

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.