Melissa Lawson wins Nashville Star 6

Melissa Lawson has won Nashville Star 6, the first season of the country music competition to be broadcast on NBC.

Her single “What if it All Goes Right” will be on the radio starting today, and she now has a contract with Warner Brothers Records for an album that will be produced by John Rich. NBC said in a press release that she “will perform live from the Summer Olympics in Beijing on August 12, to be telecast on NBC’s ‘Today.'” The 32-year-old mother lost almost 50 pounds since auditioning for the show.

She beat Gabe Garcia, who placed second, and Shawn Mayer. The three of them, along with fourth-place contestant Coffey Anderson, start touring together on Sept. 12.

The show has performed well in the ratings when compared to its previous home on USA Network, but is down for NBC. Last week, it had 6.07 million viewers, in third place behind repeats of House and How I Met Your Mother, according to TV By the Numbers.

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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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