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.”

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.