Gareth has not been dropped by BMG.

Gareth has not been dropped by BMG.
Justin Guarini doesn’t have something in common with Gareth Gates after all. Like the American Idol runner-up, the Pop Idol runner-up had been reportedly dumped from his label, despite a successful duet with Will Young and a number-one single. However, according to an announcement on Gareth’s stupid unlinkable Flash web site, he’s still with BMG. The news item quotes BMG chair Tim Bowen, who says, “This is ridiculous. We have not dropped Gareth Gates. He is currently in the studio recording new material.” There’s a similar statement from 19 Entertainment. Those participating in the I Still Believe in Gareth campaign will surely be relieved.

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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.