Top Model 4 ends tonight.

Top Model 4 ends tonight.
Tyra Banks crowns her fourth top model tonight when America’s Next Top Model cycle four comes to an end at 8 p.m. ET. Kahlen, Keenyah, and Niama will compete for the title, and the runners-up will battle each other to see who has most unusually spelled first name. First, they’ll “perform in a CoverGirl Outlast make-up commercial, and then they immediately face a beauty shot photo shoot for a CoverGirl magazine advertisement.” And maybe later, Tyra Banks will scream at one of them, or at least speak in awkward, stilted phrases. So what have we learned over the past 11 episodes? The Boston Herald’s Edge has a run-down of 10 lessons from this season. Among them: “Say no to carbs,” a direct jab at that tubby fatty Keenyah, and “Making up words can be fun,” which refers to the judges’ critiquing with words such as “crotchy.”

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.