Corey Clark will stand trial for battering his 15-year-old sister.

Corey Clark will stand trial for battering his 15-year-old sister.
American Idol 2 finalist Corey Clark was charged in December “with resisting arrest, battery upon his sister, and criminal restraint,” according to The Smoking Gun. A complaint filed against him says he “without legal authority restrain[ed]” his sister. He goes to trial on April 15 in Kansas; unless he’s kicked off the show or voted out by then, he’ll also be performing live on TV that night. The Smoking Gun also reports Corey has also been “sued by Wal-Mart for passing more than $600 in bad checks” and was “sued by a Topeka grocery store where he allegedly passed a bad $50 check.”
+ update: Shortly after the news was released, FOX announced that Corey has been removed from the competition.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.

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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.