Wylde says his audition was serious.

Wylde says his audition was serious.
D-list comic and celebrity Chris Wylde tells Entertainment Weekly that his American Idol 4 audition, which aired last Wednesday, was completely serious. The magazine reports that “he really is a part-time nanny to two girls,” and says “he auditioned under his real name, Noll, informing producers of his few professional credits as Noll…though he did not mention his more extensive resume as Wylde. He says no one at Idol recognized him.” He also says that his rap was partially improvised (“Freestyle rap is what I do”), as was his swearing at the camera. Since Access Hollywood, Entertainment Weekly, and other media has picked up on the story, he is, of course, thrilled. “I could not be happier with the way it worked 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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