Donny and Marie Osmond’s nephew, Jason Castro’s brother made it to Hollywood

The semi-final rounds for American Idol 8 took place in Hollywood last week, which means it’s time for information about the contestants to leak out, including some quasi-familiar names.

Once again, a message board poster who goes by Joesplace has revealed more than 20 people who made it to Hollywood, and many others who performed in front of the judges at various auditions. (Last year, Joesplace revealed the top 24 after revealing the top 50.)

MJ’s Big Blog helpfully sorted through the names, finding highlights including Jason Castro’s brother, Michael Castro, and Donnie and Marie Osmond’s nephew, David Osmond.

Others include Anna Kaelin, “the daughter of David Archuleta’s vocal coach, Dean Kaelin”; Miss New York, Danielle “Danni” Roundtree; possible ringer Joanna Pacitti, who has had previous record deals and other music industry experience; and Jackie Tohn, an actress who appeared on The Sopranos and On the Lot.

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The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

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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.

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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.