Idol finalist Jaered acquitted of assault.

Idol finalist Jaered acquitted of assault.
American Idol 2 finalist Jaered Andrews, who was removed from the show after the fourth episode, was charged with assault after he punched a guy who “fondled a female friend of Andrews who had passed out.” The man Jaered punched fell down and died as a result of the fall. Jaered “wasn’t charged with homicide because prosecutors didn’t believe he purposely or negligently caused [the man’s] death,” the AP reports; the jury agreed that he fought in self-defense, and found him not guilty. Initially dismissed from the show after it was revealed he was a member of an Ohio hip-hop group, Jaered “maintains he was kicked off because of the bar incident,” according to the AP. Jaered had no comment.

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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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.