Judges: “be prepared for plenty more contestants like William Hung” on American Idol 5

The AP has some distressing news about American Idol 5. First, though, at a media appearance to promote the show, Paula Abdul declined to talk about Corey Clark, saying instead, “I’m sitting right here happy doing what I’m doing.” Later, she added, “when you have a show this successful it’s crazy we haven’t had any more discrepancies.” With that, FOX’s lawyers probably all went into cardiac arrest.

But the real news is that, when American Idol 5 debuts in the spring, we can expect to see more delusional assmonkeys than ever before. According to the AP, “the judges said viewers of the upcoming season should be prepared for plenty more contestants like William Hung.”

I’d better make an appointment now for a transorbital lobotomy to dull the pain.

Paula Abdul dodges questions about review [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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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.