FOX says if voting problems, “producers have the final say”; Josh leaves.

FOX says if voting problems, “producers have the final say”; Josh leaves.
While denying that American Idol 2‘s results were in any way fixed, FOX spokesperson Scott Grogin said that “producers have the final say” in the event of “a dispute about voting results,” the Charlotte Observer reports. However, Grogin said “[t]here has been no reason at this point for there to ever be a voting issue where the producers have had to get involved.” And in USA TODAY, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe says the voting is audited and says “[i]f we were ever caught doing anything like that, we’d lose the entire franchise around the world. It isn’t worth it.”
+also: Josh Gracin received the fewest number of votes this week, making the top three Clay, Kimberly, and Ruben.

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.