Making the Band 2 group member Dylan John is “a twice-convicted felon.”

Making the Band 2 group member Dylan John is “a twice-convicted felon.”
Dylan John was one of the six people selected for the final hip-hop group created during Making the Band 2, despite the legal troubles briefly mentioned on the show. Those turned out to be a conviction for felony assault of a teenager that he committed while on probation for another felony, The Smoking Gun reveals. He received five years probation, not jail time, for the latest offense, apparently in part because of the letter sent to the D.A. by P Diddy (reproduced on the site), who wrote of the show, “It would be extremely unfortunate for him to miss out on an opportunity of a lifetime, particularly when he’s put in the work that’s enabled him to make it thus far.”

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.