producers, network, label back Kelly; album delayed as movie begins filming.

producers, network, label back Kelly; album delayed as movie begins filming.
The producers of American Idol, along with FOX, are standing behind their winner, saying she did nothing wrong by working with other producers to record a few songs last spring–songs they now want to release. In a statement reprinted by Entertainment Weekly, they said she “did not breach any rules of the competition” and won the “competition fairly and was rightfully chosen by the American public … We at 19 Entertainment, Fremantle Media and Fox are proud of our winner.” EW also reports that Kelly’s album will be again delayed, possibly until late spring. She’s about to start filming From Justin to Kelly, a kind-of fictional movie wherein “30 aspiring singers compete in a karaoke-style sing-off, as they’re criticized and mocked by judges, and gradually eliminated until there is only one,” according to Greg Dean Schmitz.

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.