twins had record contracts; “all the twins were told we had to compete together.”

twins had record contracts; “all the twins were told we had to compete together.”
American Idol 4‘s three weeks of audition episodes wrap up tonight and tomorrow night. Two of last week’s memorable performers, twin brothers John Paul and Rich Molfetta, were the last to audition on Tuesday’s New Orleans episode. After having them sing separately, Simon Cowell and Gene Simmons refused to advance them in the competition, which prompted Paula and Randy to allegedly walk off. But JP tells the Times-Herald Record, “They were outta there cause we were the last act. They changed our numbers around so we were the final two people to go. There was a hype about us within the company.” That hype led producers to, as JP tells TV Guide today, force twins to audition together. “The true story is that Rich and I auditioned separately, but for the final round, all the twins were told we had to compete together,” he says. Also surprising is the fact that the brothers have “two record contacts under their belt,” according to the Times-Herald Record. Rules changed this year to allow those who may have had contracts in the past to apply, as long as they aren’t currently under contract. Rich showed up again at the Las Vegas auditions and made it to the next round, and JP hints to TV Guide that he, too, may reappear. “I didn’t say anything, ’cause you never know. I just said if you stay tuned, you may find out!”

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.