Idol gossip: producer says last year’s finalists had more charisma; is Clay gay?

Idol gossip: last year’s finalists had more charisma; is Clay gay?
American Idol 2 judge Randy Jackson says “last season’s group was a lot better, charisma-wise,” and the show’s producer Nigel Lythgoe agrees, saying “I’m a little disappointed in some of this year’s personalities.” Other gossip from the Charlotte Observer’s Leigh Dyer: Ruben “doesn’t like to wear anything more than once on the show.” And Clay, who doesn’t mind whoring for the show’s sponsors, “almost stopped speaking to the group” of eight because having all those attention whores around him “was too much.” … A reporter from The Advocate asked Clay, “A lot of your fan base thinks you’re gay. Any comment on that?” Clay ignored him and turned to another reporter. … Speaking of Clay, some people can’t get over his loss by around 130,000 votes (and it officially was about 130,000 votes). To them, J. Danielle Daniels says, Ruben “toppled your little asexual leprechaun into the chasm of Loserville, and never has victory tasted this sweet. I know some of you Claymates can hardly believe this, because you are firmly convinced that Clay is the greatest thing since the vibrator.”

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.