Carrie and Bo are Idol 4’s final two.

Carrie and Bo are Idol 4’s final two.
American Idol 4 has its final two performers: Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood. For some reason, that isn’t quite a surprise; Simon predicted it. Interestingly, Vote for the Worst is now “supporting” Carrie Underwood, arguing that “Carrie’s going to win, unless the producers suddenly support Bo. Vonzell doesn’t stand a chance. What fun is that? So, we say, let’s give Idol the monster they’ve created.” To bleed every last Nielsen point out of the series possible, and to make sure those idiots who auditioned are embarrassed one more time, FOX airs “The World’s Worst Auditions” tonight at 9 p.m. ET, which apparently draws footage from Idol auditions from international versions of the series. The show wraps up next week with the one-hour performance show next Tuesday, and the two-hour finale on Wednesday, both starting at 8 p.m.

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.