about 750 people will move on in Cleveland, Idol’s biggest audition ever.

about 750 people will move on in Cleveland, Idol’s biggest audition ever.
Yesterday, 15,000 people showed up to audition for American Idol 4, the largest group yet. “Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said the Cleveland crowd of an estimated 15,000 was the biggest he’s seen in the show’s four years,” the AP reports. “By comparison, between 12,000 and 13,000 people auditioned last year in New York.” Despite that crowd size, chances of moving on in the competition weren’t that bad: Lythgoe “estimated about 750 performers would move on to the second round of auditions.” Assuming my math is right, and it rarely is, that’s a 1 in 20 shot at coming back for the next round. Today, individual auditions take place; yesterday was group audition day; the celebrity judging panel shows up later this month, according to the Plain Dealer’s report.

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.