report: Will Young coming to the US; Clay’s single Solitaire is number one again.

report: Will Young coming to the US; Clay’s single Solitaire is number one again.
A year ago, Pop Idol winner Will Young turned down a deal with a US record label because they wanted him to “keep quiet about his sexuality.” But a report says that has “signed a £1 million deal with BMG in the US … and is likely to release his first single within months,” according to Digital Spy’s recap of the Daily Star’s report. Whether or not he’s agreed to keep quite about being gay isn’t clear. A source says he “talks down his chances, [but] secretly he’s confident.” He may have to face Clay Aiken, whose single The Way/Solitaire is topping the Nielsen SoundScan singles chart for the second week in a row, while Solitaire “leads the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart for a third-straight week,” according to Billboard.

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.