Nashville Star 3 reveals 10 finalists.

Nashville Star 3 reveals 10 finalists.
Although the debut of Nashville Star 3 isn’t until March 1, USA Network has just revealed the finalists. At this pace, they’ll reveal the winner next week and s/he will release an album before the first episode even airs. For a show with no age limits (a press release boasts, “there is no upper age limit, opening the
competition to talented adults pursuing their dreams at any age”), the finalists are very young. The oldest is 33, and one is 18 and two are 19. Eight have their own web sites.

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.