Pop Idol might end if Simon leaves; Will Young watches Idol tapes when drunk.

Pop Idol might end if Simon leaves; Will Young watches Idol tapes when drunk.
If Simon Cowell decides to focus on American Idol and bails on Pop Idol, which he’s apparently threatened to do, fellow judge Neil Fox says that should be the end of the British show. “We can only really do it with the same team. Part of me thinks it would be great to end it on a high,” he told the Daily Mirror. “It would become this thing where people said, ‘Do you remember Pop Idol? That show was unbelievable’.” Meanwhile, the show’s first winner, Will Young, told Neil Fox that he watches tapes of the first Pop Idol“when drunk and needing an ego boost.” On Fox’s radio show, Will said, “I have been known to pick up one of my old Pop Idol flags and when they announce the winner I wave it and then I pass out drunk on the sofa.”

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.