celebrities, including Jeff Probst, inhabit the American Idol audience.

celebrities, including Jeff Probst, inhabit the American Idol audience.
A report from the set of American Idol 2‘s live show reveals that a number of C-list celebrities, such as Loveline’s Dr. Drew Pinsky, Sister, Sister’s Tia Mowry, and Survivor Amazon‘s Jeff Probst, were in the audience recently. Zap2it.com’s story also includes details about the signage (signs with commercial messages or logos are trashed), cell phones (they’re confiscated), and commercial breaks (producer Nigel Lythgoe has children in the audience ask the judges questions).
+ also: Kimberly Caldwell finally ends up in last place; special episode of AI2 will air Monday night.

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.