David Johnson sings to David Hasselhoff, “What must I do to proclaim my love to you?”

America’s Got Talent 4 debuted last night, and unlike the dreadfully boring and pretty incredibly awful The Superstars on ABC, offered lots of entertainment in its auditions, even if it does make me feel like an old person for complaining about how just obnoxiously loud it is (audience screaming/booing plus loud music plus judges plus Nick Cannon commentary).

While the show hasn’t yet found its Susan Boyle, there was a stand-out singer: 30-year-old credit union loan officer David Johnson was booed as he started performing an original song that he said “all kind of started with writing this song about someone that I had a crush on. It was a character on Baywatch.”

However, he quickly won over the audience–and Piers Morgan, who gave him an X almost immediately–when they actually gave him a few seconds, listened, and realized what he was doing. His lyrics about his crush on David Hasselhoff are just amazing:

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.