songwriters say they had Kelly under contract before American Idol.

songwriters say they had Kelly under contract before American Idol.
Three songwriters tell The Star that they had American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson under contract–and she was recording an album–before she auditioned for the show, a direct violation of the show’s rules. “[S]ongwriters Michael Blum, Barry Goldberg and Goffin now claim they had Clarkson under contract a month before the “Idol” auditions began,” according to the New York Post’s recounting of The Star story, which does not appear to be online yet. According to Goldberg, “after doing five wonderful songs, she walked out”; the three songwriters have hired a lawyer “in an effort to get three of the songs released,” the Post reports. Both FOX and Kelly’s label “declined to comment.”

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.