Enquirer says another American Idol 4 finalist threatened to out Mario.

Enquirer says another American Idol 4 finalist threatened to out Mario.
In what hopefully is the last word on Mario Vazquez, The National Enquirer reports that “it’s an open secret that Mario is gay.” Well, duh. But here’s the new info: an alleged friend of his tells The Enquirer he quit “because a rival contestant threatened to go public with details about a relationship Mario desperately wanted to keep private.” The big question is, which American Idol 4 finalist is bitchy enough to make such a threat? And why would this really matter to Mario? Because it mattered to him, his alleged boyfriend–who told The Enquirer simply “I’m sorry, no comment”–is reported to be upset. The friend says, “Mario’s former boyfriend is devastated that Mario is denying there is anyone special in his life. This could be the last straw for their relationship.” And the alleged boyfriend apparently told yet another anonymous person, “I’ve had enough of Puerto Rican men–and of one in particular.”

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.