American Idol 2 finalists concert tour begins July 8, but without Vanessa.

American Idol 2 finalists concert tour begins July 8, but without Vanessa.
Vanessa Olivarez will be absent on this summer’s American Idol 2 finalists concert tour, as will booted finalist Corey Clark. But rest of the finalists–Clay Aiken, Kimberly Caldwell, Julia DeMato, Joshua Gracin, Charles Grigsby, Kimberley Locke, Carmen Rasmusen (who said on lat night’s show she’ll be waming up for Dave Matthews soon), Rickey Smith, Ruben Studdard, and Trenyce–will perform in 39 cities through the end of August. Josh Gracin has been granted permission by the Marines to take the summer off to perform. Officially known as the “Pop Tarts Presents American Idols Live tour,” the concerts are obviously sponsored by Pop Tarts, which I think are best with frosting, eaten with the crust broken off and frosting side down.
+ plus: judge denies man suing American Idol a temporary restraining order that would have shut down the show.

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.