Clay thinks his “label is clueless about how to market to an audience he knows.”

Clay thinks his “label is clueless about how to market to an audience he knows.”
This not-easily-summarized and complex profile of both Clay Aiken and the American Idol phenomenon’s reception inside the recording industry focuses mostly on Clay Aiken and his Oct. 14 release of Measure of a Man. Clay, “a devout Baptist who does not smoke or drink, … respectfully asked that he not be required to sing any songs about sex” on the album. Additionally, “Aiken has had numerous frustrations with the way RCA has tried to tweak his image.” Ultimately, he “believes that the label is clueless about how to market to an audience he knows instinctively.”

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.