finalists “careers are literally not their own” because of “onerous contract.”

finalists “careers are literally not their own” because of “onerous contract.”
“These young performers are wrapped up for recording, management and merchandising under the most restrictive terms imaginable: Their careers are literally not their own.” That’s what Eric Olsen writes in Salon, arguing that the “unusually onerous contract with 19 Group” that American Idol finalists and winner Kelly Clarkson signed leaves their “recording, management and merchandising companies…a fundamental conflict of interest.” He dissects the contract, finding things like a requirement that Kelly appear on World Idol for just $1,400.
+ also: Tamyra may appear on Boston Public.
+ and: Justin won’t dispute accident-related ticket.

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.

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.