Becky, Bobby, Patrick, and Stevie are the first Idols to be eliminated by the audience

Viewers have voted for the first time during American Idol 5, and the first four contestants to get the ax were Becky O’Donohue, Bobby Bennett, Patrick Hall, and Stevie Scott.

None of the eliminations surprised the judges or, really, the contestants, as the four had mediocre performances on Tuesday and Wednesday. Maybe if Becky’s Maxim photos had surfaced a few days earlier, she’d still be on the show–not that viewers vote based upon anything other than raw talent, of course.

The hour-long elimination show featured lots of filler and even more cruelty than last season, and on what NBC’s Dick Ebersol said would be “the most competitive night in the history of American television,” it’ll probably bulldoze figure skating, Dancing with the Stars 2, and everything else in its path.

‘Idol’ Makes First Cuts of New Season [The AP]

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.