a breakdown of Paula’s weird judging.

a breakdown of Paula’s weird judging.
It’s kind of been a tough week for American Idol judge Paula Abdul: First, she defended her weird behavior by admitting to an illness. Then, Corey Clark said, to paraphrase William Hung, “We banged”. And now, USA TODAY is analyzing her judging, categorizing her ridiculous and inane statements. The paper says “Paula is anything but straight up in her rulings and has proved to be the Fox show’s most mystifyingly multifaceted musical magistrate,” and it provides “a rundown of her various guises.” Highlights of USA TODAY’s categories, with my summary of what they entail:

  • Paula the Puffer: Makes shit up.
  • Paula the Parrot: Repeats everything Randy says.
  • Paula the Minx: Gets turned on by the performance and performer, and we all know where that leads.
  • Paula the Mother Hen: Praises the contestants, especially when they suck or are really ugly.

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.