ITV show Vote for Me will search for candidate for House of Commons seat.

ITV show Vote for Me will search for candidate for House of Commons seat.
Next year, both the US and the UK could have politicians selected via reality TV shows. Showtime is airing American Candidate this summer, and now the UK’s ITV is planning Vote for Me, a show that will select someone who can then run for a seat in the House of Commons. Of course, you can run for Parliament (or President) anyway, but the shows offer lots of free face time. ITV’s web site for the show says that “volunteer entrants will only be eligible if they have no affiliation with any party that qualifies for party election broadcasts. An independent panel, free of party allegiance, will judge the entrants and select the final shortlist of ten.” The final 10 will be narrowed by audience votes. Those interested in applying can call or e.mail ITV for information.

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.

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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.