Ruben’s album will be 1 or 2, while Clay is the “best mannered” person of 2003.

Ruben’s album will be 1 or 2, while Clay is the “best mannered” person of 2003.
The National League of Junior Cotillions, which bills itself as the nation’s only organization that trains and licenses directors to establish local cotillion programs,” whatever that means, has declared American Idol 2 runner-up Clay Aiken the Best Mannered Person of 2003. Clay was given the award for “his example of humility and politeness” and “because of the courteous manner in which he treats fellow performers and fans,” the organization says, not for chewing with his mouth closed or putting the toilet seat down or things like that. Oprah came in second; last year’s winner was Condoleeza Rice, who also made this year’s list. While Ruben may be jealous of Clay’s impeccable manners, he has news of his own to be proud of: his album Soulful, released last week, will either be the best-selling or second best-selling album of the week. According to FOX News, Ruben and Alicia Keys “are very close in sales” right now. Final numbers should be out soon.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.