Rumor says American Idol will replace Paula Abdul with Whitney Houston

There might be a new, skeletal face at the judging table for American Idol 5, if rumors are correct. If Paula Abdul goes away (because of the Corey Clark drama? to host another show?), she could be replaced by Whitney Houston. Also allegedly under consideration is Mariah Carey.

The details, from MegaStar: “According to America’s Star magazine, producers of the show are desperate to have Houston on the panel if Paula Abdul leaves to become a judge on spin-off show So You Think You Can Dance?”

andPOP notes that these reports aren’t “credible,” but runs with the idea and says “Whitney is crazy, unpredictable, and unreliable. Potential disaster? No. Best move ever.” The site runs down “Paula vs. Whitney,” comparing the two to find out “why Whitney will be a great judge.”

Whitney plays judge? [MegaStar]
Idol to Replace Paula Abdul with Whitney Houston? Do it! [andPOP]

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.