World Idol airs on Christmas day.

World Idol airs on Christmas day.
If you celebrate Christmas, you’ll be glad to know that right about the time when you get sick of arguing about the Iraq war with your family, FOX will interrupt your gathering with World Idol. It airs in the US at 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 25, and will include eleven Idol winners competing for the title of the best (manufactured reality TV show) singer in the world. Voting is open to viewers in all of the competitors’ home countries, but viewers can’t vote for their nation’s representative. Using a voting and point system that makes the electoral college look like drawing straws, producers will tally votes and then declare a winner. That happens at 9 p.m. ET on New Year’s Day, so hung-over people all over the world can tune in to watch right about the time they wake up.

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.