Fallen Idol short on new information; Idol 4’s Scott Savol finally goes home.

Fallen Idol short on new information; Idol 4’s Scott Savol finally goes home.
ABC News finally aired its American Idol expose last night and here’s a representation of all of the new things that we learned:

Yes, basically nothing. Always helpful, the AP’s David Bauder sums up the information presented during the special. Still, as The Boston Herald points out, “ABC stole most of its own thunder by advancing its ‘Fallen Idol’ sweeps special with extensive excerpts.” And as I argue in this MSNBC.com analysis, the special might have done more to damage Corey’s credibility than Paula’s, since he came off as inarticulate at best.

Meanwhile, the contestant that was on the receiving end of the most WTFs in the history of the show was finally booted last night. Even votefortheworst.com–which is down due to heavy traffic, not because of FOX, you wacky conspiracy theorists– couldn’t keep Scott Savol around. Joining Scott at the bottom of the pile was Anthony Federov, who will most likely take a walk next week, unless most of America goes deaf between now and Tuesday.

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.