the first band will be booted off the tour tonight; EW has the odds.

the first band will be booted off the tour tonight; EW has the odds.
One of the four bands featured on Bands on the Run will be booted from the tour tonight; after their last gig, whoever has earned the least amount of money will go home. The show airs on VH1 at 10 p.m. ET. Before the first band goes, though, Entertainment Weekly looks at the four groups and offers reason why each should go and why each should win, and places odds on the likelihood of the group’s chances of winning the overall competition.

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.

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.