Trista, Ryan, and Clay Aiken will be a part of the Miss America pageant.

Trista, Ryan, and Clay Aiken will be a part of the Miss America pageant.
Three years after O-Town turned their “Liquid Dreams” into nightmares during the Miss America pageant, another reality TV show-created musician will perform as part of the program. American Idol 2‘s Clay Aiken will sing “This Is the Night” at the start of the show. Also during the program, The Bachelorette‘s Trista Rhen and Ryan Sutter will continue to whore themselves for ABC as they “host a viewing party for some of their closest friends, as they invite the television audience to guess along with them about the evening’s competition.” The fun starts at 8 Saturday on ABC.
+ plus: Clay says it was Ruben’s idea for Clay’s CD to debut first.

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.

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.