Clay Aiken will tour solo; Matt Rogers wants on American Idol 3 tour.

Clay Aiken will tour solo; Matt Rogers wants on American Idol 3 tour.
American Idol 2 winne– I mean, runner-up–Clay Aiken will take off on a nearly three-month tour. It’s his third tour but first solo tour; his spring tour was with Kelly Clarkson. The summer concerts start with a free performance in New York City’s Bryant Park only July 2; show up before 6 a.m. if you want in. The American Idol 3 finalists’ 48-city tour kicks off two weeks after Clay’s tour debuts–on July 14–and is brought to you non-ironically by Pop-Tarts. It will only include the top 10 finalists, though, which leaves out number 11 Matt Rogers. He’s campaigning to be let on the tour. He tells the LA Times, apparently non-ironically, that he was booted prematurely, and only because contestants like Jasmine and John Stevens had, um, support. “It’s just whoever pulls the most votes in,” he says.

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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