producers say power dialers’ thousands of calls are “statistically insignificant.”

producers say power dialers’ thousands of calls are “statistically insignificant.”
Around 100 people have been making as many as 10,000 calls to vote for American Idol contestants. Using software or redialers, they’re able to make that many calls within the two-hour window of time during which telephone votes are permitted. Producers say “these calls have had a ‘statistically insignificant’ impact on the outcome,” the AP reports.
+ also: “the show really give these pop-star wannabes a jump on their careers?”

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.