Nashville Star 3 debuts tonight.

Nashville Star 3 debuts tonight.
USA Network’s Nashville Star 3 kicks off tonight at 10 p.m. ET. Changes to the show have yielded a new host (LeAnn Rimes), three new judges (Bret Michaels, Anastasia Brown, and Phil Vassar), and a new record label for the winner (Universal South). The search for the next country music star has already been narrowed to 10 finalists, five men and five women, all of whom are under 33. Aaron Barnhart calls the changes “a creeping ‘Idol’-ization on the show: The judges will no longer vote on who advances, the castaways won’t share a house anymore and country legends like the Charlie Daniels Band and Sara Evans will be hauled in each week as viewer bait.”

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.