BBC’s Fame Academy debuts tonight.

BBC’s Fame Academy debuts tonight.
Fame Academy, a show that follows a group of people living in a house and training to become pop stars, will debut tonight on BBC One at 2030 BST in the UK. The show will include both live performances and edited segments focusing on their lives in the house. While 11 of the cast members have already been selected, the 12th will be chosen by the audience during the show tonight.
+ plus: show based upon fame may be taped at N.C. School of the Arts.
+ and: Canadian Popstars group Sugar Jones heads to the UK.

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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.