Simon turned down hosting, film offers; will likely return for season two.

Simon turned down hosting, film offers; will likely return for season two.
Simon Cowell, the bitchy, biting, and British judge of both American Idol and Pop Idol, has been offered everything from a gig hosting CBS’ revival of Star Search to leading roles in movies. He turned them all down, telling the New York Daily News, “There is something that I’ve learned from this job and that’s if you’re involved in something successful, don’t believe the hype for a moment. My job at the end of the day is to try to create formats that will sell records.” The paper also reports “he is close to signing on for another edition of the show”–as are the other judges, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.
+ plus: UK winner Will Young calls finalists “brilliant,” says they “seem more polished.”

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.

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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.