21,000 show up for DC Idol 4 auditions.

21,000 show up for DC Idol 4 auditions.
About 21,000 people showed up to audition for American Idol 4 in Washington, DC, yesterday. That’s the largest number for a single audition in the series’ history. So many people showed up to the Washington Convention Center (as early as Monday) that “police ordered organizers to allow people inside because of the heat and the long line,” according to the AP. Judge Randy Jackson said that the quality of the performers “keeps getting better every year,” but says that for the fourth season, “The boys are better than the girls so far.”

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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