men outsing women at San Francisco Idol auditions; Donnie Williams returning.

men outsing women at San Francisco Idol auditions; Donnie Williams returning.
After being arrested the night before American Idol 3 began, Donnie Williams was drop-kicked from the competition. But producers said then that he was welcome to try out again, and he did that in San Francisco, successfully advancing to Hollywood. Simon Cowell told the Oakland Tribune that “Donnie was chosen for his singing ability. All it took was the first few words out of his mouth, and I didn’t have to hear anything more.” Also at the American Idol 4 auditions, a producer responded to accusations from women that men were being favored, telling the paper, “It does look that way. But we were just going after the strongest singers, and in San Francisco, it turned out that the men were stronger than the women.” The Oakland Tribune also reveals what it says was “the most bizarre event of the day”: “a mock press conference to go in the clip reel for the series, which airs in January.” During that fake press conference, Extra correspondent and Simon “Cowell’s real-life girlfriend, Terri Seymour … proceeded to ask scripted questions to producers sitting in for the judges. The judges will be put into those seats when the final product comes out.”

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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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.