Lindsey is first eliminated Idol 4 finalist.

Lindsey is first eliminated Idol 4 finalist.
American Idol 4 has lost its first (or, if you count Mario, second) finalist: Lindsey Cardinale. She received the fewest viewer votes, and thus heads home immediately. Her performance on Tuesday inspired Simon Cowell to guess that, while she was singing, “13 million TV sets in America had their volume turned down simultaneously.” She was so irrelevant that the AP’s story doesn’t even mention her elimination until the fourth paragraph, focusing instead on Mario replacement Nikko Smith’s survival. Also in danger of being eliminated last night were Mikalah Gordon and Jessica Sierra, who joined Lindsey in the bottom three. MSNBC’s Craig Berman says “the audience sent a strong signal that the men are indeed safe for a while and the bottom tier of women shouldn’t be sending out their dry-cleaning to anywhere but a same-day establishment.”

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.