former Idols invade Nov. with new CDs.

former Idols invade Nov. with new CDs.
It’s November, and that means we’re about to be showered with more American Idol CDs than can fit in Ruben Studdard’s stocking. In addition to the 25 albums that were the direct spawn of the series, we now have five more albums from winners, runners-up, and others. All five of these new selections were produced by BMG’s Clive Davis, who told Entertainment Weekly, “Once you get away from that single, you’re dealing with an original recording artist. I’m not making American Idol albums.” Well, dude, people are only going to buy them because they’re American Idol albums. The albums are: Clay Aiken’s Merry Christmas With Love (Nov. 16); Fantasia’s Free Yourself (Nov. 23); Ruben Studdard’s I Need an Angel (Nov. 23); Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway (Nov. 30); and Diana DeGarmo’s as-yet-untitled album (Dec. 7).

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.