with three candidates left, American Candidate turns voting over to public.

with three candidates left, American Candidate turns voting over to public.
Three candidates remain on Showtime’s American Candidate: Park Gillespie, Malia Lazu, and Lisa Witter. Keith Boykin, who came in first place more often than the other candidates, was eliminated after a three-way debate in Philadelphia. On this week’s episode, previously eliminated candidates will return to compete for VP spots, according to a Showtime press release. After Sunday’s episode, viewers–all seventeen of them–will be able to vote for candidates via text messages and a toll-free number. The penultimate episode airing on Oct. 3 will show the elimination of the lowest vote-getter, and then the public will once again vote for, this time for who will be named the American Candidate.
+ also: The New Yorker on American Candidate: it “doesn’t hold to the values it seems to espouse.”

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.

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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.