as William Hung’s album is released, producers are annoyed by his “mockery.”

as William Hung’s album is released, producers are annoyed by his “mockery.”
William Hung’s album/DVD Inspiration was released yesterday, but American Idol 3 producers are not happy. Apparently, after taking advantage of his notoriety for their own advantages, they now want him to go away. A “source” tells PageSix that when Hung wanted to call his album “‘American Idol’ people were up in arms.” He changed the title, but they’re still not happy. “It was funny at first, but now they just want William to go away. They feel he is making a mockery of the show,” the source says. As if that were possible.
+ also: is our national obsession with William Hung “driven by racism?”

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.