final American Idol 3 auditions will be held in Hawaii in late Sept.

final American Idol 3 auditions will be held in Hawaii in late Sept., early Oct.
American Idol 3 will travel to Hawaii late in Sept. for the final set of auditions. From Sept. 28 to 30, auditions will be held at the Aloha Stadium, and the group will be narrowed at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel from Oct. 1 to 5, with Randy, Paula, and Simon showing up the final two days. The show’s supervising producers tells the Honolulu Advertiser that Hawaii was selected over Miami as the location for the final set of auditions, and says he expects people to fly to the island to audition. The paper also reveals a probably unsurprising part of the initial selection process, when producers select people standing in line “based on personality and charisma, with talent becoming a factor when they face judges.”
+ also: 10 out of 5,000 made the cut in Pasadena yesterday; Ryan Seacrest is 26 years old (!).

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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