Idol “has a serious voting problem” and is “vulnerable to serious manipulation.”

Idol “has a serious voting problem” and is “vulnerable to serious manipulation.”
American Idol “has a serious voting problem,” Broadcasting and Cable magazine reports in its May 18 issue. “Technology is thwarting democracy on American Idol,” Deborah Starr Seibel writes. “Power-dialers can skew the vote. Text-messagers have an unfair advantage. And potential hackers have a powerful new incentive to alter the vote tallies: betting on the outcome through Internet gambling sites.” The magazine runs down the problems and looks at possible solutions (such as limiting people to one vote each, and offering online voting; both were rejected by FOX). Their ultimate conclusion: “Despite fans’ repeated accusations of inaccurate results, Fox is sticking with a voting system vulnerable to serious manipulation and tampering.”
+ also: Time’s “inside look at how reality’s No. 1 show works–and is worked over by–the fame biz.”

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.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.

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.