Kelly Clarkson reportedly “abruptly left the set of World Idol after losing.”

Kelly Clarkson reportedly “abruptly left the set of World Idol after losing.”
Going into the competition, Kelly Clarkson was the favorite to win World Idol; leaving the competition, Kelly reportedly didn’t even congratulate the winner. Winner Kurt Nilsen tells the New York Post they “didn’t get to talk. I think she went back to her hotel I guess.” Earlier, he made his first trip to the United States to hear Kelly in concert. The paper reports Kelly “appeared to grow increasingly disgruntled as the votes from different regions were tallied and it became clear she was losing to an otherwise-unknown singer from a small Scandinavian country,” and “appeared dazed by the loss.”

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.