Six days left to enter the Hell’s Kitchen TV giveaway; American Idol CDs, t-shirts for the runners-up

This coming Sunday is the last day to enter the Hell’s Kitchen 2 contest, in which you can win a brand-new flat-screen LCD TV.

While I’d love to give prizes to all of you who’ve entered, alas, there have to be losers. However, there is good news: There will be fewer losers, as another FOX show, American Idol, is kicking in 10 additional prizes.

So, the first runners-up will win Hell’s Kitchen aprons. The next five selected will win the American Idol Season 5 Encores CD, which feature a cover by each of the top 12 finalists, plus liner notes where each contestant thanks those responsible for their success, like Jesus. Five more lucky people will receive American Idol t-shirts. (Alas, I cannot honor specific consolation prize requests; it’s all up to the luck of the draw, you picky bastard.)

Thus, one person will win the TV and 14 people will other prizes; all winners will be drawn at random and notified via e.mail sometime next week. Read the rules and enter today. Thanks for entering, thanks for reading reality blurred, and good luck.

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Verlox from The Quest

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Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

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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.