Canadian Idol 3 auditions begin; the show “opts for a more gentle approach.”

Canadian Idol 3 auditions begin; the show “opts for a more gentle approach.”
Canadian Idol 3 has begun casting, and the show will visit 13 cities over 13 weeks. There’s a difference between this show and its meaner cousin to the south, though: “Whereas American Idol parades these talent-less screechers before the judges for a good laugh, the Canadian component opts for a more gentle approach,” the Calgary Sun reports. Judge Farley Flex says, “I enjoy the fact that somebody who has no inhibitions will muster up confidence whether they are good or not. I get into the psychology of the show. Some people are in search of some kind of self-worth.” He says, “If someone’s not good, I’ll tell them, but I will only laugh at people who want to be laughed with.”

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.

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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.