post-Idol, five million attempted calls came from Hawaii; 1.2 mil got through.

post-Idol, five million attempted calls came from Hawaii; 1.2 mil got through.
Apparently Simon Cowell has more power than he thought: After saying Jasmine Trias had “better hope every household in Hawaii has at least five telephones because you’re going to need all the support you can get tonight, seriously”, she got all the support she needed from the state. After American Idol 3 on Tuesday, Verizon says “Hawaii residents attempted a record 5 million cellular and landline calls.” And “[o]f those, 1.3 million calls got through–another record,” a Verizon spokesperson tells E! That’s an amazing number in part because Hawaii has only about 1.2 million residents. Verizon says about that many calls, 1.2 million, came from New Jersey that night.

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.