Ruben is at #1 on gospel chart, “the 23rd No. 1 for the American Idol franchise.”

Ruben is at #1 on gospel chart, “the 23rd No. 1 for the American Idol franchise.”
Clay Aiken isn’t the only American Idol 2 alum with good news to sing about. Ruben Studdard’s new album I Need an Angel landed at number one on the gospel music chart, and number 20 on the Billboard 200. It sold 96,000 copies, making it “the highest selling gospel debut since Kirk Franklin’s ‘Nu Nation Project’ in 1998,” blog westcoastmusic reports. It adds, “To put this achievement in perspective, the #2 gospel album this week sold only 8,000.” Billboard reports that this represents “the 23rd No. 1 for the American Idol franchise on the Billboard charts.” Additionally, Billboard says that “Studdard is not the only ‘Idol’ contestant on the gospel chart this week. George Huff, the highest-ranked male contestant on the third season of ‘Idol,’ is up to No. 11 with his five-song EP, ‘My Christmas.’

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.