report says Idol judge security increased.

report says Idol judge security increased.

In what may be the stupidest American Idol 4 story written to date, UPI reports that producers “are boosting security for judges Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul.” Why? Well, we don’t really get a transition, but the next paragraph reminds us about Simon’s reaction to Leroy Wells. And the next sentence reminds us that Leroy “watched his recorded audition from jail–after being arrested in an alleged shooting of another man.” And then? One more sentence, saying, “Said fellow judge Abdul: It is scary.” What is scary? Could we have an antecedent, please? UPI fails to actually draw any connection, instead letting the two pieces of information sit side by side so as to suggest a correlation. Hello, non sequitur. Did Leroy threaten the judges? Or did some idiot at UPI just need to file a story so he strung together some unrelated facts to create a “story”?
+ also: Wednesday Idol watched by 25 million, more than watched the State of the Union.

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.