American Idol 3 finalist Donnie Williams stopped for DUI while driving 100 mph.

American Idol 3’s Donnie Williams stopped for DUI while driving 100 mph.
After nearly making it through the semifinal rounds without a contestant getting kicked off because of amoral or illegal activities, American Idol 3 may have its first scandal. Donnie Williams, who’s scheduled to perform next week and is one of the 32 remaining semifinalists, “was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Monday after he allegedly whizzed past a marked police car on Interstate 680 at 100 mph,” the Contra Costa Times reports. He was leaving a party in his honor. After his arrest, he “was not booked, but was cited and released” because his blood alcohol level “was over the legal limit although not enough for him to be jailed.” Maybe anticipating a reaction from FOX–which declined comment last night–he told police, “You’re ruining my life!”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.

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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.