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.”

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.