Erika Jo Heriges wins Nashville Star 3.

Erika Jo Heriges wins Nashville Star 3.
Nashville Star has its first female and first teenage winner, as 18-year-old Erika Jo Heriges was crowned the winner of the third contest last night. She earned the largest block of the 10 million votes cast, beating Jason Meadows and Jody Evans. Erika “won a 2005 Chevy Silverado truck, an appearance on the Grand Ole Opry and a recording contract with Universal South Records,” the AP reports. Her first record will be released June 14, but she’s already featured on the Nashville Star 2005 Finalists album.

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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