judge Pete Waterman says he will take a year-long break from Pop Idol.

judge Pete Waterman says he will take a year-long break from Pop Idol.
Once mentioned as a possible fourth judge on American Idol, Pop Idol judge Pete Waterman says he’s quitting–for a year. Waterman told Radio Five Live, “I only went home five times last year, I just want a break this year. I love Pop Idol, don’t get me wrong, but I thought this year wasn’t as good as the first.” Waterman’s fellow UK judge Simon Cowell threatens to quit the US show more times than he says the word “dreadful,” so we’ll see if his threat lasts.

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.

about the writer

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.