Michelle says she’s not depressed, drunk; Pop Idol finalists have #1 song.

Michelle says she’s not depressed, drunk; Pop Idol finalists have #1 song.
Pop Idol 2 winner Michelle McManus responded to rumors that she’s a suicidal depressed drunk. “‘Apparently, I’m some manic depressive on Prozac who hates London, can’t cope with the lifestyle and is hitting the bottle,” she told the Sunday Mail. “‘Just because I haven’t been in the celebrity hangouts or falling out of nightclubs in front of the paparazzi, I’m supposed to be suicidal.” Instead, she says is “interviews and TV and photo-shoots. And I love it.” Two other Pop Idol 2 finalists are also loving life. Together, Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes have the number one song in the UK, a cover of the Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends.”

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.