Buddy Jewell wins Nashville Star.

Buddy Jewell wins Nashville Star.
Buddy Jewell, the oldest contestant on Nashville Star, won the competition last night, walking away with a Sony Music Nashville contract. Jewell’s first single, “Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey’s Song),” will be released to radio stations tomorrow morning. John Arthur Martinez placed second and Miranda Lambert came in third place; Lambert tells The Tennessean that it was “the right decision. Buddy and John Arthur have been working the hardest and the longest at this.” The paper also reports that “a decision [will] be made within two weeks” about renewing the show, which averaged under three million viewers a week.

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.