Simon Cowell says it “was a mistake” to sign runner-up Justin Guarini to RCA.

Simon Cowell says it “was a mistake” to sign runner-up Justin Guarini to RCA.
Not that Simon Cowell’s superlative insults have impact any more, but they are fun. The latest: Simon says American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini is “a sort of wedding-singer entertainer,” but he prefaces that remark saying it’s “a compliment.” Despite the flattery, Simon says that “signing him was a mistake.” But Justin shouldn’t feel bad, because he has company: Simon also says “Madonna is ‘Over.’ Enrique Iglesias ‘Can’t sing a note.’ Bob Dylan is ‘Too ugly, too boring, too whiny and too serious.’ And Britney Spears ‘can’t sing’ while Mariah Carey has a ‘Great voice’ but must ‘Lose the attitude.'” That’s according to the New York Post’s summary of this week’s TV Guide interview with the Cowell. In it, he also breaks news by saying that Ruben Studdard is “bigger than he ever was,” adding that “Ruben’s weight is literally out of control.”

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.