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Truth is stranger than fiction in the world of reality TV.

Last week, University of Colorado student, Casey Abrams, went from alpha dog to last place on “American Idol,” the “AI” crew claimed their mansion was haunted, Tommy Lee scored a mysterious reality show — and “Top Chef’s” Marcel Vignernon showed up on the Syfy network.


Casey Abrams

Casey Abrams had the scare of his life on “American Idol’s” elimination night.

Last Thursday, the CU music student was voted off the show. Then, he was saved by a last minute judge’s reprieve.

In a unanimous decision, judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson protested viewers’ votes and used their one save of the season to let Abrams stay.

Abrams clutched his chest and looked like he was having a heart attack when he heard the news. Was this whole thing real or staged?

Regardless, Abrams gets another shot at the contest and he’ll tour with this summer’s “AI” tour.

Talk about bizarre twists of fate.

Haunted ‘AI’ mansion

“American Idol” definitely had its share of weirdness last week.

The contest is heating up, but the singers were getting chills from the eerie events taking place at their house. That’s why the contestants begged “AI” to move out of their “haunted mansion.”

Supposedly, the singers freaked out after witnessing flickering lights, a spider invasion — and a bed sheet drifting down the hallway by itself!

Yeah, that would cause you to hit a few high notes.

Tommy Lee’s new show

Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee always generates press, but this time he’s entering the world of the Syfy network.

The quirky musician just scored the reality epic “Culture Shock with Tommy Lee.” The investigative travel adventure features the rocker uncovering information about secret societies and unusual rituals.

Lee told the press, “This is the first show that I’ve been a part of that will blow our minds and reveal things that will explain almost all our questions. It’s going to be an amazing experience.”

This has to be better than the rocker’s reality dud, “Tommy Lee Goes to College.” Now that was scary.

Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen’

Marcel Vigneron was the bad boy of “Top Chef” and “Top Chef: All-Stars.” That’s why he was sent packing from the 2011 All-Stars’ competition.

However, the chef’s redeeming himself on his reality series, “Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen.” The show takes a futuristic look at cooking, as Vigneron caters events with his molecular gastronomy techniques (the study of the physical and chemical processes of cooking).

Last week, the quirky chef made a dessert filled with fake smoke and simulated a Himalayan snowstorm for a wildlife benefit.

“Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen” is unique and fun. Plus, Vignernon shows he can actually be a nice guy.

The program airs Tuesdays on Syfy.

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