Elton John helps Pop Idol contestants.

Elton John helps Pop Idol contestants.
Like a candle in the wind, Elton John rocketed in to help the remaining tiny dancing (okay, I’ll stop now) Pop Idol 2 contestants practice their covers of his songs that they’ll perform on Saturday’s show. Contestant Mark Rhodes told the Daily Record, “Doing it in front of Elton was 100 times more nerve-racking than singing in front of Simon Cowell.” Contestant Michelle McManus said, “I had tears streaming from my eyes.”

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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.