Jon and Stacy win Trading Spaces Home Free with 70 percent of the vote.

Jon and Stacy win Trading Spaces Home Free with 70 percent of the vote.
With 70 percent of the public’s vote, Jon and Stacy Laymon won Trading Spaces Home Free. Live from Orlando, Paige Davis first announced the twist: Each couple had the option of going for all or half of the $350,000 prize. Late in the show it was revealed that both teams were confident and wrote “all”; thus, Angel and Vilma didn’t receive any cash. Amid the cheers from Jon and Stacy’s friends, family, and fans, Paige told losers Angel and Vilma–who risked everything–“you’re the strongest couple I’ve ever met, ever.” Certainly that felt better than $350,000 or $175,000. Paige, by the way, has spent the last eight weeks in Central Florida, and she tells the Orlando Sentinel that the best part of the area is “The outlets. I loooove the Premium outlets.”
+ also: columnist: “Trading Spaces was all the rage” until “TLC got greedy.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.