American Idol’s Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, Justin Guarini release CDs today.

American Idol’s Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, Justin Guarini release CDs today.
American Idol 2‘s winner and runner-up go head to head in CD sales today, as their debut singles are released. Clay Aiken’s This Is The Night/On The Wings Of Love remains at the top of Amazon’s list of best-selling CDs, with winner Ruben Studdard’s Flying Without Wings/Superstar still far behind at number nine (as of midnight). Also out today is American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini’s self-titled debut album. It features his version of “Unchained Melody” and a duet with “Timeless” with Kelly Clarkson, and currently ranks at number 73, with Kelly’s record still in the top 25.
+ plus: no more 205 shirts for Ruben, who says shirt company “is not indicative of what I am about.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.

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