writer pits Clay Aiken versus Morrissey, asking, “Who’s rock’s greatest celibate?”

writer pits Clay Aiken versus Morrissey, asking, “Who’s rock’s greatest celibate?”
In the most unlikely yet perfectly obvious musical comparison, the Detroit Metro Times asks, “Who’s Rock’s Greatest Celibate?”–American Idol 2‘s Clay Aiken or Morrissey? The subhead says it all, really: “What’s the real measure of a man — a sex-shunning guy who sits alone reading Oscar Wilde or an adenoidal virgin who belts the hell outta Neil Sedaka songs?” Addressing the pop stars’ sexuality, Serene Dominic writes, “By keeping everyone guessing about his sexuality (by feigning he hasn’t got one), Clay stumbled onto a great marketing tool — that abstinence makes the fans grow fonder.” Dominic also addresses other pressing questions about the pair, such as, “Who’s the lonelier-looking ‘Cover Star’?”, “Who’s more down with Jesus?”, and “Who gives the female fans more false hope?”

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.

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.