Survivor Vanuatu’s Lisa was a finalist for two other Survivor seasons, Amazing Race.

Survivor Vanuatu’s Lisa was a finalist for two other Survivor seasons, Amazing Race.
Someone at CBS really likes Lisa Keiffer, who was voted off Survivor Vanuatu last week after her alliance turned against her. She previously auditioned and then became a semifinalist for both Survivor Africa and Survivor Thailand, but didn’t end up on either season–and she almost didn’t make it this time, either. Additionally, Lisa was asked to audition for The Amazing Race. She tells TV Guide, “I made it to the semifinals for Survivor 3 and 5 and finally I got on. This time it was just a fluke. I sent in my video and made it to the semifinals and got rejected. About a month later, they had called me for The Amazing Race. I like that show as well, but not like Survivor. But I happened to be in L.A. one week visiting my son and it was when the 50 finalists for Survivor were in town. When they found out I was in L.A., the [producers] said, ‘Can you come in for a quick interview?’ That quick interview turned into a week and the next thing I knew, I was on Survivor.”

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.