post-Idol, five million attempted calls came from Hawaii; 1.2 mil got through.

post-Idol, five million attempted calls came from Hawaii; 1.2 mil got through.
Apparently Simon Cowell has more power than he thought: After saying Jasmine Trias had “better hope every household in Hawaii has at least five telephones because you’re going to need all the support you can get tonight, seriously”, she got all the support she needed from the state. After American Idol 3 on Tuesday, Verizon says “Hawaii residents attempted a record 5 million cellular and landline calls.” And “[o]f those, 1.3 million calls got through–another record,” a Verizon spokesperson tells E! That’s an amazing number in part because Hawaii has only about 1.2 million residents. Verizon says about that many calls, 1.2 million, came from New Jersey that night.

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

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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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