woman saving money to redo Hildi’s room; says it “isn’t what I asked for.”

woman saving money to redo Hildi’s room; says it “isn’t what I asked for.”
On Saturday’s new episode of Trading Spaces, designer Hildi “what the hell is she thinking?” Santo-Tomas spray painted a chair and covered a homeowner’s wall with records, which were each screwed into the drywall. Dana Howard, whose wall got screwed, says she is saving money to redo the room, including patching the holes left by the records and recovering the painted furniture. Of her reaction to seeing the room, Dana tells the San Antonio Express-News that the experience was “such a blur and, in a way, such a disappointment because the room isn’t what I asked for.” While that statement makes her sound as if she’s never seen the show before, she adds later that she “knew going in this could happen” and says “she would participate in the show again ‘in a heartbeat.'”

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.