Mikalah voted out of American Idol 4.

Mikalah voted out of American Idol 4.
Mikalah Gordon, one of the three contestants who was affected by the wrong phone number problem, was eliminated from American Idol 4 during Thursday’s special elimination episode. She doesn’t have much reason to blame the screw-up, though, as the other two lowest vote-getters–Anthony Fedorov and Nadia Turner–were not affected by the error Tuesday (only Mikalah, Anwar Robinson, and Jessica Sierra were). Starting next week, the Tuesday episodes will no longer be pre-taped on Mondays, which The New York Daily News reports was done “[t]o ensure that live shows with the most contestants don’t run overtime and deny a contestant the chance to perform.” Producers also used the time to airbrush Ryan Seacrest’s face and edit out accidentally shot footage of Paula’s seizure-inducing clapping.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.

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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.