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.

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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