three Idol 4 eps will air some weeks.

three Idol 4 eps will air some weeks.
Changes for the fourth season of American Idol–specifically the decision to make the semifinal group 12 men and 12 women–means that “[f]or three weeks running, the women compete against each other one night and the men slug it out the other, with a results show the third night,” TV Guide reports. In other words, the show will air three times during the week. Why this battle of the sexes format? Producer Ken Warwick says, “Last year, we were a bit embarrassed. We had loads of girls go through and not very many boys.” In other news, the guest judges who will participate in the audition process are Brandy, LL Cool J, Kenny Loggins, and Gene Simmons.

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.