judge confirms Pop Idol 3 for early 2005; Will Young wins award, films next video.

judge confirms Pop Idol 3 for early 2005; Will Young wins award, films next video.
The country that spawned the Idol franchise will get a third season of the show–right around the time that the American version enters its fourth season. Show judge Dr. Fox said that he and the other three judges, including Simon Cowell, will return for Pop Idol 3 next fall, two years after the second season. Fox tells The Daily Star that despite the second winner’s less-than-ideal chart performance, “Pop Idol is ideal for finding new talent. Just look at Will Young, he is still around three years on from winning the competition. We need another one like him.” Speaking of Will Young, he received the award for “Best Song Musically & Lyrically at the Ivor Novello Awards for songwriters, composers and publishers,” MTV UK reports. Additionally, while filming the video for his new video “Friday’s Child,” he “delighted watching fans by rolling down his wetsuit before taking the plunge,” according to The Daily Record. If you want to know what so delighted fans, this photo of “Will’s Willy” [via Tottyland] should answer any lingering questions.
+ also: Will: “I remember thinking, ‘Who’s ever going to vote for a middle class, gay, slightly eccentric student who sings jazz and soul?'”

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.