Carrie Underwood goes to Nashville.

American Idol 4 winner Carrie Underwood is embracing her roots in Nashville this week. Saturday, she’ll appear on the Grand Ole Opry radio show; yesterday, she performed at the Country Music Association’s festival. She also “taped an upcoming special for Country Music Television, performing the Reba McEntire/Linda Davis hit duet ‘Does He Love You?’ with Jamie O’Neal,” according to the AP.

Not surprisingly, “she hopes to release a country album” later this year, although it’ll remain to be seen whether her Idol overlords will let her go all Nashville Star on them. Why country? Carrie tells the AP, “I’m from Oklahoma and grew up listening to country music. I think it’s the most cheerful music.”

‘Idol’ Underwood is the toast of Nashville [AP]

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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