Idol 4 down to 24 finalists.

Idol 4 down to 24 semi-finalists.
And then there were 24: 12 men and 12 women remain on American Idol 4, and they’ll compete against each other until half of their ranks are eliminated. Next week begins Idol‘s three-night-per-week schedule. The men will face off on Monday nights (at 8 p.m. ET), the women on Tuesday nights (also at 8 p.m. ET), and four people will go home every Wednesday night (at 9 p.m. ET). This will continue for three weeks, until just 12 finalists remain.
+ plus: Comcast DVR users can’t fast-forward through Idol’s many 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.