Paradise Hotel accepting applications.

Paradise Hotel accepting applications.
Want to join the cast of Paradise Hotel? An application and rules on FOX’s site allow viewers to apply to be part of the action. Host Amanda Byram says, “The beauty of [the selection process] is the person who gets voted on will actually know more about … the backbiting and the bitchy gossip than the guests themselves, which is very, ha-ha, evil.” The rules: you have to be 21, single, childless, and a US resident–and, of course, be willing to be skanky on national TV. Speaking of, astute viewers of the premiere may have recognized Toni, who appeared earlier on FOX’s Love Cruise. Also, those living in Canada can now watch the show, which will be simulcast on Global; in a press release [PDF] about the simulcast, the production company calls it “the largest reality show ever produced in America.”
+ also: “the first time a reality show is asking for viewers to enter the game while it is already in play.”

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.