Simon overheard saying “there is very little talent in the pool of contestants.”

Simon overheard saying “there is very little talent in the pool of contestants.”
If a Page Six item is to be believed, Simon Cowell isn’t that impressed with the American Idol 4 contestants who ended up in Hollywood. He’s apparently enamored only with “the country-western singer from Missouri,” Page Six reports, but thinks the rest are “Usher wannabes.” Harsh. The full report:

“He said that there is very little talent in the pool of contestants that made it to the finals in Los Angeles. … He said the rest were just a bunch of untalented ‘Usher wannabes’ and predicted the show would end up again with ‘someone like Ruben or Fantasia’ winning. He said Kelly Clarkson was the only one with talent who ever won and that, ‘without my pushing, Clay Aiken would never have gotten as far as he did,’ and ‘look how well he’s done.”

+ also: Simon is worth $70 million, gets paid $2 million a season for Idol, and is working on new shows.

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.