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.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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