four wild cards will advance to American Idol 2 finals.

four wild cards will advance to American Idol 2 finals.
Tomorrow night’s episode of American Idol 2 will feature nine contestants competing for wild card positions in the finals–and four of them, not two like last year, will move on to the finals. That will add two weeks to the show’s run as 12 people compete in the finals. Also, the wild card group will include four performers who didn’t originally make it to the semi-finals; “the judges agreed that they had been too hasty in their dismissal of several of the show’s earliest auditioners,” according to Zap2it.com. Those four are Aliceyn Cooney, Janine Falsone, Olivia Mojica, and Carmen Rasmusen; the rest of the wild card competitors are Clay Aiken, Kimberly Caldwell, Chip Days, Nasheka Siddall, and Trenyce. Finally, Simon alluded to another “twist” for the show. That will probably not be Frenchie’s return, because on a call with the media, “FOX Entertainment President Gail Berman specifically addressed the Frenchie controversy and insists that she won’t be back,” Zap2it.com reports.

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.