Canadian Idol 3 auditions begin; the show “opts for a more gentle approach.”

Canadian Idol 3 auditions begin; the show “opts for a more gentle approach.”
Canadian Idol 3 has begun casting, and the show will visit 13 cities over 13 weeks. There’s a difference between this show and its meaner cousin to the south, though: “Whereas American Idol parades these talent-less screechers before the judges for a good laugh, the Canadian component opts for a more gentle approach,” the Calgary Sun reports. Judge Farley Flex says, “I enjoy the fact that somebody who has no inhibitions will muster up confidence whether they are good or not. I get into the psychology of the show. Some people are in search of some kind of self-worth.” He says, “If someone’s not good, I’ll tell them, but I will only laugh at people who want to be laughed with.”

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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