actor, comedian Chris Wylde auditions on American Idol 4 under his birth name.

actor, comedian Chris Wylde auditions on American Idol 4 under his birth name.
Last night, comedian, actor, and one-time Trading Spaces “celebrity” Chris Wylde was featured auditioning for American Idol 4 in San Francisco. He delivered a lame rap and did some nice overacting when the judges rendered their verdicts. What the f? Were producers in on the joke? Or does my recognition of him have to do with the fact that I watch way too much TV? Because he was instantly recognizable, despite the fact that he auditioned under his birth name, Christopher Noll, and was “disguised” with glasses. As I argued in an MSNBC essay last night after the show, his appearance helped cement the series as a certifiable joke. Or maybe the joke’s on us and they’re all ridiculous D-list actors, just ones we don’t recognize.
+ update: College Humor has the audition video.
+ and: videos of Wylde’s appearances in commercials.

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

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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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