Fantasia enters Billboard charts at number 10 and will be number one next week.

Fantasia enters Billboard charts at number 10 and will be number one next week.
American Idol 3‘s Fantasia–she’s now just known by her first name–has entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 10 with her single “I Believe”. The non-number one placement isn’t because her CD didn’t sell well, but because it sold so well before it was supposed to be sold. It’s on the chart early “because of street-date violations. That means the single should easily vault to No. 1 next week. That would match the chart patterns set by former “Idol” finalists Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken,” Reuters reports. She’s the 10th Idol contestant to hit the charts, and the fifth to be on the Hot 100 chart.

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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