Lex, Tom given second place prizes because of immunity challenge error.

Lex, Tom given second place prizes because of immunity challenge error.
Both Lex van den Berghe and Tom Buchanan were awarded $100,000 each in January, the same amount of money that Kim Johnson received (and will keep) for her second-place finish. The reason: The second-to-last immunity challenge contained a question about which female cast member didn’t have any piercings. Kim answered Kelly Goldsmith, but after the finale aired the producers learned that Lindsey Richter also has no piercings. Lex answered “Lindsey” but lost the challenge during the finale. The New York Post reports that “CBS did not make public the fact that it had designated three second-place prize winners until reporters began to ask questions yesterday.”

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.