“Gareth hasn’t evolved as an act, whereas Will Young has shown he has a real talent.”

“Gareth hasn’t evolved as an act, whereas Will Young has shown he has a real talent.”
Gareth Gates placed second during the UK’s first Pop Idol, and began his career as a success despite that finish, much like the US’ successful second-place singer, American Idol 2‘s Clay Aiken. He released two albums: What My Heart Wants to Say and Go Your Own Way. Now, although Gareth “had the pop world at his feet … it all seems to have gone wrong,” according to The Mirror. Agent Johnathan Shalit sums it up this way: “Gareth hasn’t evolved as an act, whereas Will Young has shown he has a real talent and he has other sides to him. He is one-dimensional and once the kids get tired of that they move on. I don’t even think it is because he has partied too hard–you can party and be a success.” His label is rumored to be dropping him, he pissed off his church after lying about having sex with a model, and his speech impediment has returned. He turned 20 a week ago today, and “[f]riends say he is determined to use this milestone to kickstart his flagging career.”

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.