Australia-born Popstars now facing competition from its imitators.

Australia-born Popstars now facing competition from its imitators.
Two years ago, “Australia exported Popstars to the world.” Now “two [Australian] networks are bidding for a pale imitation,” The Sydney Morning Herald reports. It looks at the shows evolution and imitation beyond Australia’s shores, and also examines other copycat shows and how disputes over similarities are resolved. Because of the similarities, the UK’s Pop Idol isn’t allowed to use the word “Pop” in its title outside of Britain, and now there’s a similar conflict between Survivor and I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.

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.

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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.