Justin signed; Simon will get $1m for AI2; ratings records; and more.

Justin signed; Simon will get $1m for AI2; ratings records; and more.
Justin has been signed to Simon Fuller’s 19 management company. … Simon Cowell’s company has offered Tamyra a record deal, but will not sign Christina Christian, the The New York Post reports. One more person is getting a record deal out of the show: Paula Abdul. She’ll release a new album soon. … Speaking of Simon, he’ll American Idol 2. … Coke’s sponsorship deal was “a huge risk … but it paid off.”One in three adults 18-49 watched the finale of the show, FOX’s best ratings ever in the demographic. 28 million people tuned for the climax. Also, 2.1 million people watched the finale in Canada, making it Canada’s “highest-rated show of the summer.”

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.