Sandra only planned to come in second.

Sandra only planned to come in second.
What is Survivor Pearl Islands winner Sandra Diaz-Twine going to do with the $1 million prize? She has no idea, because she only planned on coming in second place. “I was counting on winning the $100,000 (for second place). … I figured with $100,000, I would pay some bills and get a new car. That was all I had planned,” she tells The Olympian. She won an SUV, so the new car is out. Now, she says, “I do want to go on a cruise. I do want to buy a house. But with my husband being in the Army, we’re always moving around. When I buy a house, I want it to be somewhere we’ll stay.” In the interview, Sandra says she’s been a fan of the show since the first season.

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.

about the writer

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.