Kelly, Ruben nominated for Grammys; Ruben’s album will go platinum Tuesday.

Kelly, Ruben nominated for Grammys; Ruben’s album will go platinum Tuesday.
American Idol has finally produced something other than a spat with a puppet and animal rights group: Both seasons winners have been nominated for Grammy awards. “Miss Independent” earned Kelly a nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and “Superstar” earned Ruben a nomination for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance. The winners will be announced Feb. 8 on CBS. Tomorrow, just under two months after the release of Clay Aiken’s album, American Idol 2 winner Ruben Studdard’s album Soulful hits stores. Missy Elliot was to join him for a duet on the record, but backed out, although Fat Joe and others are featured. When its released, the album will go platinum since 1.3 million copies have already been sold.

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.