Tia Williams: “the most crucial element for American Idol success is hair”

Prior to tonight’s American Idol 6 episode, I’m thinking about two things: How much will the men suck tonight? And what will Sanjaya’s hair look like this week? His hair has changed every week, and according to one former magazine editor, he’s paying attention to the one thing that actually counts: his hair.

“The most crucial element for American Idol success is hair. You can have a great voice, but if you have bad hair, you’re a goner,” Tia Williams says on a FOX Philadelphia report. (Yes, this is what local news has been reduced to; meanwhile, we’re turning into a country of absolute morons.)

Anyway, the report suggests Taylor’s hair helped him win, while Ace Young’s slicked-back hair led to his elimination.

And Williams, a former Elle beauty editor, says that last season, Kelly Pickler’s “hair was so important that [after she cut it] the American Idol people actually made her put extensions in to bring her back for the American Idol tour.”

Idol: Secret to Success May Not Be Singing [MyFox Philadelphia]

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.