De La Hoya rejected The Contender because it’s a “tough-man contest.”

De La Hoya rejected The Contender because it’s a “tough-man contest.”
Oscar De La Hoya turned down NBC and Mark Burnett’s offer to star in The Contender, and then turned around and created a similar show, The Next Great Champ, which originally turned down Burnett’s show. De La Hoya says he rejected The Contender because it is a “(glorified) tough-man contest” that doesn’t focus on skill. “It can be any person off the street–it can’t be real fighting. It takes talent to fight,” he tells Scripps Howard. About the controversy, he says, “This is going to bring visibility to our sport and open some eyes. Our show is coming out in November and their show is coming out a little later. I think that there’s enough pie out there for everyone.”

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.