producers’ lawyer says tabloid wrong, Kelly “didn’t have a recording deal.”

producers’ lawyer says tabloid wrong, Kelly “didn’t have a recording deal.”
After revelations that Kelly Clarkson may have had a recording contract before auditioning for American Idol, which would have been against the show’s rules, a lawyer for those she was recording songs for says The Sun’s story, as reported by the New York Post, was wrong. Instead, “Kelly had a contract to record five songs for the purpose of getting a recording agreement and nothing came of this,” Jay Cooper, the lawyer representing the producers, told Knight Ridder. He says Kelly “did ‘nothing wrong'” and also says the tabloid “got it wrong. … She didn’t have a recording deal.”
+ also: producers: “Kelly Clarkson … did not breach any rules of the competition.”
+ and: Kelly’s stepfather: “She’s never been under any kind of a contract other than the one with American Idol.”

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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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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.