American Idol 4 cuts called “cruel.”

American Idol 4 cuts called “cruel.”
New York’s tabloids have twin stories today detailing the cruelty of American Idol 4‘s first four eliminations. As the New York Daily News reports, “Judd Harris, a 27-year-old NYU student, was led to believe he was safe, only to be axed.” And Ryan Seacrest “appears to be channeling ‘Project Runway’s’ Heidi Klum when he tells contestants, ‘You’re out!'” Some fans are revving up their keyboards to express their disappointment online; The New York Post reports that one fan wrote, “I felt it was extremely mean, and while I’m sure they were going for the dramatic effect, these are young people with hopes and dreams. To crush them like that was abominable.” And the Post calls this “the show’s suddenly cruel turn,” titling its piece “How can Idol be so mean?” All of this begs the question: What were these fans and journalists thinking as they watched with furious onanistic delight as a parade of delusional singers are humiliated during the audition rounds?

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.