Mario hires Clay Aiken’s lawyer as 2004 album featuring his vocals is re-released.

Mario hires Clay Aiken’s lawyer as 2004 album featuring his vocals is re-released.
In less than a week Mario Vazquez has gone from American Idol 4 finalist to overexposed quasi-celebrity, and now he has a lawyer. Clay Aiken’s lawyer, to be specific. According to FOX News’ 411, Mario “has gotten Atlanta entertainment lawyer Jess L. Rosen to represent him. Coincidentally–or not, depending on how you look at it–Rosen is most famous for extricating Aiken from his octopus-tentacled ‘American Idol’ management contract with Simon Fuller’s 19 Entertainment last year.” In perhaps related news, FOX News’ Roger Friedman also found that Mario is featured on an album re-released last week. Mario “sings several pop songs as the only guest vocalist on “Worlds of Change,” by an Argentine flamenco and R&B guitarist named Cesar. Friedman says Mario “may have jeopardized his ‘amateur’ status by being featured on an album that’s already been released.”

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.