new Vietnam Idol “has already unsettled viewers and the authorities.”

new Vietnam Idol “has already unsettled viewers and the authorities.”
Vietnam’s first Idol show, known as Sao Mai – Diem Hen, “has already unsettled viewers and the authorities,” the BBC News reports. For one, the Simon Cowell-like “judge has been berated for making harsh comments, and the programme’s makers, National Television, have been rebuked by the Ministry of Culture for selecting judges without ‘sufficient political or professional merits.'” Viewers wrote in to complain about the series. The first episode aired last Saturday on VTV, and follows a similar format to the UK and US versions of the show. Nine more episodes will air over the coming weeks.

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.