7.5 million text messages were sent for American Idol 2 votes, polls.

7.5 million text messages were sent for American Idol 2 votes, polls.
During American Idol 2, AT&T Wireless says that more than 7.5 million text messages were sent. MediaDailyNews reports that on April 8, “viewers sent over 2.5 million messages. Peak traffic immediately following the show exceeded one thousand messages per second.” And “nearly one-third of the people sending messages for American Idol had never used text-messaging before,” which is remarkable because text messaging, or SMS, has not caught on yet in the US as it has elsewhere in the world.
+ plus: Ruben will shoot his video in Birmingham this weekend.

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.