“Gareth hasn’t evolved as an act, whereas Will Young has shown he has a real talent.”

“Gareth hasn’t evolved as an act, whereas Will Young has shown he has a real talent.”
Gareth Gates placed second during the UK’s first Pop Idol, and began his career as a success despite that finish, much like the US’ successful second-place singer, American Idol 2‘s Clay Aiken. He released two albums: What My Heart Wants to Say and Go Your Own Way. Now, although Gareth “had the pop world at his feet … it all seems to have gone wrong,” according to The Mirror. Agent Johnathan Shalit sums it up this way: “Gareth hasn’t evolved as an act, whereas Will Young has shown he has a real talent and he has other sides to him. He is one-dimensional and once the kids get tired of that they move on. I don’t even think it is because he has partied too hard–you can party and be a success.” His label is rumored to be dropping him, he pissed off his church after lying about having sex with a model, and his speech impediment has returned. He turned 20 a week ago today, and “[f]riends say he is determined to use this milestone to kickstart his flagging career.”

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.

about the writer

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.