all 30 American Idol seminfinalists reunite; Kelly sings with Reba McEntire.

all 30 American Idol seminfinalists reunite; Kelly sings with Reba McEntire.
The finalists, winner, and 20 semifinalists of FOX’s American Idol perform tonight at 8 p.m. as part of a two-hour special. The special, taped last Wednesday in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand and other locations, will also feature a duet between Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire. Although “[o]ne of the heavily promoted aspects of the special was that viewers would be able vote for Clarkson’s next single,” Billboard reports that won’t happen. A holiday special is also in the works; it will air Dec. 17.
+ also: compilation album will include a song from each finalist, more from Kelly and Justin.
+ and: Kelly: “I’m not seeking fame.”
+ finally: is Justin Guarini dating Britney Spears?

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.