“Jetai”? Ashley chats about band names, underwear and showers.

“Jetai”? Ashley chats about band names, underwear and showers.
Think “O-Town” (Orlando’s nickname) is a stupid name for the boy group that is featured on ABC’s Making the Band? According to O-Town member Ashley Parker Angel, the group was going to be called Jetai–one letter for each band member’s name (an *NSYNC rip-off, maybe?). In a wide-ranging chat/interview with E! Online’s Wanda, Ashley also reveals he wears Calvin Klein briefs and wonders “What is with THAT?!” about all the shots of him showering in every episode. (caution: the transcript reveals why they couldn’t use their original name, and that’s a mini-spoiler, especially if you didn’t see the “Next week on…” part of the show last Friday.)

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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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.