Clay Aiken will tour solo; Matt Rogers wants on American Idol 3 tour.

Clay Aiken will tour solo; Matt Rogers wants on American Idol 3 tour.
American Idol 2 winne– I mean, runner-up–Clay Aiken will take off on a nearly three-month tour. It’s his third tour but first solo tour; his spring tour was with Kelly Clarkson. The summer concerts start with a free performance in New York City’s Bryant Park only July 2; show up before 6 a.m. if you want in. The American Idol 3 finalists’ 48-city tour kicks off two weeks after Clay’s tour debuts–on July 14–and is brought to you non-ironically by Pop-Tarts. It will only include the top 10 finalists, though, which leaves out number 11 Matt Rogers. He’s campaigning to be let on the tour. He tells the LA Times, apparently non-ironically, that he was booted prematurely, and only because contestants like Jasmine and John Stevens had, um, support. “It’s just whoever pulls the most votes in,” he says.

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.