John Stevens out as results flip, voting rebounds with a record 28 million votes.

John Stevens out as results flip, voting rebounds with a record 28 million votes.
Those who think John Stevens is “Satan’s most promising young emissary”, sent to earth to destroy the show, can rest in peace tonight. A record 28 million people voted after Tuesday night’s American Idol 3 episode, leading to a flip of last week’s controversial voting results, and the 16-year-old went home. “Fantasia Barrino and La Toya London, in the bottom three last week, came out on top, along with Diana DeGarmo. George Huff and Jasmine Trias joined Stevens at the tail end of this week’s tally,” USA TODAY reports. So there’s a lesson here: If people actually, like, vote, the candidates that most people like will win. Amazing.
+ also: Simon predicts the final two: La Toya London and Diana DeGarmo.
+ and: a profile of Idol’s music director.

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.

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.