misspelled name blamed for missing Corey’s arrest; finalists’ single changed.

misspelled name blamed for missing Corey’s arrest; finalists’ single changed.
Monday, shortly after American Idol 2 contestant Corey Clark was revealed by The Smoking Gun to be about to stand trial for battering his teenage sister, producers eliminated him from the competition. Their official statement, reprinted by The Smoking Gun, says that he “withheld information about a prior arrest which, had it been known, might have affected his participation in the show.” On Tuesday’s show, Corey denied the charges but apologized to potential finalists, saying he didn’t say anythign because he “was scared.” Why didn’t FOX catch the arrest? The statement says it was “an error in a police report which misspelled Corey’s name.”
+ also: finalists charity single will now include “God Bless the USA” and Lee Greenwood’s “I’m Proud To Be an American,” not “What the World Needs Now Is Love.”

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.

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.