Idol 4 finalists visit their hometowns.

Idol 4 finalists visit their hometowns.
The three American Idol 4 finalists visited their hometowns over the weekend, and local media was there to capture their visits. Coincidentally, all three made appearances at local Wal-Marts. In Checotah, Okla., Carrie Underwood was cheered on by kids skipping school and the Wal-Mart cheer squad, KOTV reports; the Muskogee Phoenix says she also went to a Wal-Mart. In Alabama, Bo visited a Wal-Mart, performed with Lynyrd Skynyrd in front of 5,000 people, and had the day named after him in Helena (“Bo Bice Day”). He also used up all of Helena’s fossil fuels as he traveled around “in a black Ford Excursion stretched and customized as a limousine,” according to the Birmingham News. In Fort Myers, Fla., Vonzell also appeared at a Wal-Mart, and then performed in front of 2,500 people at a park, The Naples Daily News reported.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.