Paula Abdul has “unrealistic,” “pricey demands” for X Factor, Star Search

Paula Abdul’s potential future as a judge on Simon Cowell’s relaunch of The X Factor is being held up by her contractual demands, which a new report says is still a possibility even though a previous report said her salary demand was too high so ABC dropped her from consideration.

The Sun-Times Bill Zwecker reports that “Abdul’s tough contract requirements that have caused delays,” and “[a]mong her ‘needs’ are very specific — and pricey — demands regarding office and dressing-room decoration and an insistence on a large entourage of publicists, hair stylists and makeup artists (available 24/7, even when not taping), plus a slew of other assistants.”

Paula also has “‘unrealistic’ demands regarding a piece of ownership of the programs” and someone on X Factor told Zwecker that her demand for wardrobe money “would cost more than what most shows provide an entire cast, ‘like on ‘Desperate Housewives.'”

Paula plays the diva card [Chicago Sun-Times]

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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