Frenchie hits Broadway; Idol love songs debut at #2, Kelly’s record at #3.

Frenchie hits Broadway; Idol love songs debut at #2, Kelly’s record at #3.
Former American Idol 2 finalist Frenchie Davis will debut on Broadway in Rent May 16, Playbill reports. Frenchie be an ensemble player who sings one of the soloist parts in “Seasons of Love.” … The compilation album from the other American Idol 2 finalists, American Idol Season 2: All Time Classic American Love Songs, debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 200 chart. It sold just over 100,000 copies, reports. On its heels is Kelly Clarkson’s debut album, which stayed at number three for the second week in a row (after debuting three weeks ago at number one).

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.