Simon: “American audience is much more sophisticated than the English” one.

Simon: “American audience is much more sophisticated than the English” one.
In Entertainment Weekly’s cover story about American Idol, judge Simon Cowell has praise for the US show’s audience, saying it is “much more sophisticated than the English audience” because they’ve been “absolutely spot-on week to week.” Also in the story, producer Nigel Lythgoe says he will have a “major meeting” with the judges because “[t]hey’ve got to stop biting back at each other. They are not there to criticize each other—they are there to critique the kids.” Asked who will return for American Idol 2, he says, “There are three or four great, talented people that will come out of this series. And they are performers. Not judges, not hosts.”
+ plus: auditions begin for UK’s Popstars 2.

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.