21,000 show up for DC Idol 4 auditions.

21,000 show up for DC Idol 4 auditions.
About 21,000 people showed up to audition for American Idol 4 in Washington, DC, yesterday. That’s the largest number for a single audition in the series’ history. So many people showed up to the Washington Convention Center (as early as Monday) that “police ordered organizers to allow people inside because of the heat and the long line,” according to the AP. Judge Randy Jackson said that the quality of the performers “keeps getting better every year,” but says that for the fourth season, “The boys are better than the girls so far.”

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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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.