Nashville Star runner-up releases album.

Nashville Star runner-up releases album.
John Arthur Martinez, the first season runner-up of Nashville Star, released an album, and says the show “change[d] his life,” according to Country Weekly Online. Lone Starry Night came out at the beginning of May. However, it hasn’t quite changed his financial situation yet: He says, “At this point, Yvonna [his wife] and I realize that until the income increases, we’re still not there yet. Maybe we’ll have some success with this single and the album, and maybe by this summer we can look into moving.” He is, however, still recognized, and recalls the time when he was “waiting for my wife outside the ladies’ room” and became “trapped” by hordes of autograph-seekers.

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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