Katy Perry: “I would ditch my career” to judge American Idol

On last night’s American Idol 9, it looked to me like Katy Perry was auditioning for Simon Cowell’s job. And although I was being sort of tongue-in-cheek because her appearance was filmed well before he announced he was leaving, she’s up for the job.

“The ‘American Idol’ experience was awesome. If I was offered that job as a permanent host, I would ditch my career and take on that career,” she told MTV News. She said guest judging “was great fun. It was so easy. I didn’t really make anybody cry, but I did tell the truth to some kids that might have needed to hear it. … I guess the pressure gets really on when you start eliminating the number of people that are going through. Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, and then you’ve got the final two. That can be kind of tense and stressful.”

Katy also has a really clear understanding of what she was doing: “It’s kind of like judging a talent show,” she said. Oh, a talent show! What a great metaphor.

Katy Perry Is Ready To ‘Ditch’ Her Career To Be ‘American Idol’ Judge [MTV News]

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.

about the writer

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.