Clay’s single is the best-selling CD on Amazon, even though it’s not out yet.

Clay’s single is the best-selling CD on Amazon, even though it’s not out yet.
Just as the decline in popularity of Pop Idol-affiliated artists is being partially blamed for the falling single sales in the UK, Clay Aiken has the number-one selling CD on Amazon.com–even though it’s not out yet and isn’t even necessarily going to be published. Like last season, Amazon.com is offering pre-orders for American Idol 2‘s winner’s CD, but because we don’t know the winner yet, both finalists have singles listed. As of 1 a.m. ET, Clay Aiken’s This Is The Night/On The Wings Of Love is Amazon’s best-selling CD, even though he has yet to win the competition. His competitor’s single isn’t doing that well,although it is climbing: Ruben Studdard’s Flying Without Wings/Superstar is at number 94 right now. The CD that is released will be out June 3.
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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.

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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.