Brad Cotter wins Nashville Star 2.

Brad Cotter wins Nashville Star 2.
On Saturday’s finale of Nashville Star 2, Brad Cotter beat George Canyon and Matt Lindahl to win the competition. His single “I meant to” hits radio today, and, along with the other two finalists’ singles, is for sale at Walmart.com for 88 cents. Their tour begins in June. Cotter isn’t a stranger to the music business: As a kid he recorded five albums of gospel music, “has had two label development deals, and before Nashville Star he made his living as a demo singer,” a press release says. After His involvement with American Idol, God apparently shifted his attention to this competition, as Brad says he won because God wanted him to: “I’m living proof that God has a plan for his children, and no man can change His will.” The final reairs tonight at 12:30 a.m., and Friday at noon.

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.

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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.