Carrie and Bo both surprised by their success.

Carrie and Bo both surprised by their success.
The two American Idol 4 finalists are both surprised that they’re in the finals. For his part, Bo Bice doesn’t know why people like his music. “I’m more surprised than anybody. Did you not listen to my music? I didn’t know that’s what an American Idol did. For some strange reason, they dig it,” he told USA TODAY. Carrie Underwood is less candid, but still expresses shock at making it this far. She told the paper, “The last few Wednesdays were really tough. I’m excited to be part of the finale. It’s awesome. Really good things happen to the top two. Whoever thought that I’d make it this far?”

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.