Angela Hacker beats her brother Zac to win Nashville Star 5

Angela Hacker has won Nashville Star 5, defeating her brother, Zac, who was the runner-up. David St. Romain came in third place.

The Hackers’ mother, Susan, unsurprisingly told the TimesDaily, “Neither one of them lost. If anything, they’re both winners.” What was she going to say? I always knew my son was a loser?

Although Angela was popular throughout the competition, which began and concluded within the time it takes American Idol 6 to get through a single montage, she said backstage, “I refused to believe I was going to be the one. I was really overwhelmed when she called out my name. I’m excited this has happened. I think it’s going to sink in sometime.”

The four finalists will tour the country starting in July.

Singer from Shoals wins ‘Nashville Star’ title [TimesDaily]

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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