Ruben sues manager, gets countersued.

Ruben sues manager, gets countersued.
Ruben Studdard, the sweaty winner of American Idol 2, sued his manager last month, and now his manager is suing him back. Manager Ron Edwards wants $500,000, “saying the 2003 American Idol failed to pay his management fees or reimburse him for expenses,” according to The Birmingham News. Ruben’s lawsuit “alleges Edwards misused $246,000 in the year that Edwards worked for Studdard and made additional unauthorized expenses after Edwards was terminated.” The manager’s attorney “said Edwards, 46, and Studdard, 26, were longtime family friends and that Edwards agreed to help Studdard for free before he won ‘American Idol’ in May 2003.”

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.