Lindsey is first eliminated Idol 4 finalist.

Lindsey is first eliminated Idol 4 finalist.
American Idol 4 has lost its first (or, if you count Mario, second) finalist: Lindsey Cardinale. She received the fewest viewer votes, and thus heads home immediately. Her performance on Tuesday inspired Simon Cowell to guess that, while she was singing, “13 million TV sets in America had their volume turned down simultaneously.” She was so irrelevant that the AP’s story doesn’t even mention her elimination until the fourth paragraph, focusing instead on Mario replacement Nikko Smith’s survival. Also in danger of being eliminated last night were Mikalah Gordon and Jessica Sierra, who joined Lindsey in the bottom three. MSNBC’s Craig Berman says “the audience sent a strong signal that the men are indeed safe for a while and the bottom tier of women shouldn’t be sending out their dry-cleaning to anywhere but a same-day establishment.”

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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