close public vote adds two wildcard contestants to Canadian Idol finalists.

close public vote adds two wildcard contestants to Canadian Idol finalists.
Canadian Idol has its finalists, and there are 11 of them. The wildcard vote by the public was “so extraordinarily close between Toya and Ryan that the producers decided to give the public what they want, and added another wildcard spot,” CTV reports. The two wildcard contestants are Toya Alexis and Ryan Malcolm; the other nine finalists are Karen-Lee Batten, Gary Beals, Mikey Bustos, Candida Clauseri, Audrey de Montigny, Jenny Gear, Tyler Hamilton, Billy Klippert, and Richie Wilcox.
also: Celine Dion will appear on Canadian Idol when the show travels to Las Vegas.

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.