Carrie and Bo both surprised by their success.

Carrie and Bo both surprised by their success.
The two American Idol 4 finalists are both surprised that they’re in the finals. For his part, Bo Bice doesn’t know why people like his music. “I’m more surprised than anybody. Did you not listen to my music? I didn’t know that’s what an American Idol did. For some strange reason, they dig it,” he told USA TODAY. Carrie Underwood is less candid, but still expresses shock at making it this far. She told the paper, “The last few Wednesdays were really tough. I’m excited to be part of the finale. It’s awesome. Really good things happen to the top two. Whoever thought that I’d make it this far?”

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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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.