duet from Pop Idol winner and runner-up lands at number one in the UK.

duet from Pop Idol winner and runner-up lands at number one in the UK.
Gareth Gates and Will Young, the respective runner-up and winner of the UK’s Pop Idol, have collaborated on a song that is the number one song in the country. After months of battling each other for the top spot with various singles, they performed a duet–a cover of The Beatles’ The Long and Winding Road–which has landed at number one on the UK charts, beating a new song from Oasis.
+ plus: contestant dismissed from the UK’s Popstars: The Rivals for being 10 days too old.
+ and: Simon Cowell says of Rivals judges, “It was ridiculous that the judges put through the blind boy.”

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.