vote was the closest in Idol’s history; was it because of a power outage, racism?

vote was the closest in Idol’s history; was it because of a power outage, racism?
The shocking American Idol 3 vote that showed Jennifer Hudson the door was the closest vote in the show’s history, Reuters reports. So why was it so close and so shocking (to everyone except Jennifer)? Extra speculates “that storms in the Midwest may have played a role in the show’s outcome. More than 15,000 fans from Jennifer’s hometown of Chicago were unable to watch or vote because of a power outage. But the show’s producers say there is nothing they can do.” Meanwhile, The New York Post reports that it “was deluged with calls complaining that the voting was racially motivated since the three woman with the fewest votes were black.” E! Online summarizes some of the other (conspiracy) theories, ranging from computer hackers to prejudice against Fantasia because she’s a young single mother (her daughter was on stage Tuesday).

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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.