Jessica Sierra voted off Idol; last week’s repeat and extra show were low-rated.

Jessica Sierra voted off Idol; last week’s repeat and extra show were low-rated.
Jessica Sierra left American Idol 4 last night. She was joined in the bottom three by Nadia Turner and Anwar Robinson. As MSNBC’s Craig Berman notes, “The 19-year-old follows 17-year-old Mikalah Gordon to the exit, leaving Anthony Fedorov as the only teen left in the competition.” This is evidence, he argues, that “[w]hen the show’s producers made the decision to raise the age limit to 28 for contestants this season, they tapped into a voter base that was sick of the high-school talent-show nature of the early stages of previous competitions.”

The results are also in for last week’s extra and repeat episodes of the show, and indicate that if the whole thing was a publicity stunt, it backfired. ” Wednesday’s Idol, aka the replay, averaged 20.9 million (third place), according to Nielsen Media Research. Thursday’s Idol, aka the displaced results show, managed 20.2 million (fourth place),” the AP reports. “Those numbers are about 20 percent off from what Idol’s been delivering for Fox on Wednesday nights this season.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

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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.