Idol beats 34th-place Bachelor 3; Clarkson single intended for Aguilera.

Idol beats 34th-place Bachelor 3; Clarkson single intended for Aguilera.
Although it turned out to be an hour-long tease, last week’s American Idol 2 “results” show’s 20.3 million viewers easily beat the first half-hour of The Bachelor 3‘s 9.9 million viewer debut. Despite an increase in viewers (to 11.5 million) its second half-hour, that placed The Bachelor 3 in 34th place for the week, according to E! Online. Also, Kelly Clarkson’s first single, which she’ll perform on tonight’s show, “was originally slated to appear on [Christina] Aguilera’s “Stripped” album, but it didn’t make the cut and was never finished,” andPOP reports. Kelly and another songwriter finished writing it, and it will appear on her album, which comes out next week.
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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.