Australian Idol finalists to get Big Brother treatment; finalist is a drag queen.

Australian Idol finalists to get Big Brother treatment; finalist is a drag queen.
Australian Idol will include “a Big Brother-style, round-the-clock peek-a-boo of the final contestants, who will be locked up together in a Sydney house nearing the end of the show.” There aren’t many details, since the contestants have been barred from speaking to the media.
Also, one of the 40 finalists is a drag queen who is participating in the show in character. Shane Jenek auditioned first as himself but was rejected; while performing as Courtney Act, he “breezed through to the top forty contestants,” the show’s site reports.
+ also: some finalists claim others are receiving preferential treatment in the media.

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.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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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.