Vanessa: scripted comment could “very well could have hurt me.”

Vanessa says scripted comment could “very well could have hurt” her.
American Idol 2 finalist Vanessa Olivarez made a comment to Ryan Seacrest that was clearly scripted, and the next night she was voted off the show. Vanessa tells TV Guide that she thinks the remark “very well could have hurt me. But you know, you live and learn. It sounded funny in rehearsals, but it just didn’t come across that way in the show.” She also says that some of the show’s staff apologized to her after she was eliminated. Vanessa is doing well, however; she says she’s received acting-related offers, and had dinner at Melissa Etheridge’s house after running into Etheridge’s partner Tammy Lynn Michaels in a mall.

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.