actor, comedian Chris Wylde auditions on American Idol 4 under his birth name.

actor, comedian Chris Wylde auditions on American Idol 4 under his birth name.
Last night, comedian, actor, and one-time Trading Spaces “celebrity” Chris Wylde was featured auditioning for American Idol 4 in San Francisco. He delivered a lame rap and did some nice overacting when the judges rendered their verdicts. What the f? Were producers in on the joke? Or does my recognition of him have to do with the fact that I watch way too much TV? Because he was instantly recognizable, despite the fact that he auditioned under his birth name, Christopher Noll, and was “disguised” with glasses. As I argued in an MSNBC essay last night after the show, his appearance helped cement the series as a certifiable joke. Or maybe the joke’s on us and they’re all ridiculous D-list actors, just ones we don’t recognize.
+ update: College Humor has the audition video.
+ and: videos of Wylde’s appearances in commercials.

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.