American Candidate winner “is going to emerge as a real potential leader.”

American Candidate winner “is going to emerge as a real potential leader.”
Production of American Candidate is moving forward with plans for a debut in early 2004. The show will be an Idol-like competition between 18 finalists; the winner could run for President. Producer RJ Cutler, who created American High, says “[i]t’s likely that this person is not going to be elected president of the United States. … But their ideas will become part of the discourse. The person who wins this show is going to emerge as a real potential leader in this country.” Applications are still being accepted; around 5,000 people have already applied.

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.