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.”

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.