Gephardt first Candidate eliminated.

Gephardt first Candidate eliminated.
GLBT activist Chrissy Gephardt, one of the more well-known finalists on American Candidate, was the first person voted off the show by her fellow candidates. After only drawing 147 people to a rally, she faced off against James Strock; the other candidates’ votes for both James and Chrissy were even, resulting in a tie. Frontrunner Park Gillespie got to break the tie and chose to boot Chrissy. That’s surprisingly only if you haven’t read his stance on issues, like, say, gay marriage: He asks, “Why stop there? Want to marry an animal? Have 5 couples marry each other? This is silly.” Nine candidates remain on the show; viewers will vote once they’re narrowed down.
+ also: Mother Jones interviews RJ Cutler about the series.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.