CD being rereleased to focus on Mario; more about his sexual orientation, contract.

CD being rereleased to focus on Mario; more about his sexual orientation, contract.
American Idol 4‘s Mario Vazquez is still all over the news, almost two weeks after quitting. First, FOX 411 reports that the CD featuring Mario’s vocals, Worlds of Change, “is quickly being repackaged and re-merchandised to more prominently feature Vazquez’s newfound celebrity.” Meanwhile, Page SixSixSix had two Mario-related reports last week: the first said that Mario “left Idol because he has already been offered a very enticing record contract by none other than P. DIDDY!” In its second report, Page SixSixSix reported that Mario is indeed gay and his “boyfriend is a hairdresser.” The site reports the alleged boyfriend’s name and place of business, which prompted one commenter to say, “printing info on his boyfriend’s place of work is too much.”

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.