report from AI2 auditions: bad singers advance, overweight people dropped.

report from AI2 auditions: bad singers advance, overweight people dropped.
The Miami auditions for American Idol 2 were “a disorganized ‘cattle call’ process” where bad singers were allowed to advance to provoke comments from Simon while overweight people were quickly dismissed, according to the St. Pete Times. One person who auditioned tells the paper that “they were weaning out (overweight) people” and “picking people who had no talent at all…hyping you up, just to drop you when you get in front of Simon.” A FOX spokesperson “denied that the show automatically rejected overweight contestants, but he did admit that producers were looking for both ‘the really great and the not-so-great’ performers,” Eric Deggans reports.

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Ben Folds

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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.

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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.