Take That founder says UK’s Pop Idol leaves contestants “humiliated.”

Take That founder says UK’s Pop Idol leaves contestants “humiliated.”
The man who put together the boy band Take That says that Pop Idol–the sequel to the UK’s Popstars–is “destroying” the hopes of the contestants who try out. Nigel Martin Smith also tells BBC News, “I’m sure that whoever wins Pop Idol will be huge, but I fear for the scores of kids who have been humiliated on the show for the sake of the ratings.”

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.