ABC and American Idol producers staging All American Girl pageant.

ABC and American Idol producers staging All American Girl pageant.
The producers of American Idol and ABC are planning a pageant-slash-reality TV show called All American Girl, during which “one woman will be propelled to nationwide fame as the holder of the title All American Girl 2003.” Auditions for women 18 to 25 who can ” sing, dance or act … [a]re … intelligent and good looking … [and] have the personality and charisma to win over the American public” are being held in mid-January.

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.