Clay Aiken’s second album due in May

After about two and a half years since his first album was released, and more than a year since his Christmas album hit stores, Clay Aiken is finally due to record his second studio album, which is now expected in May.

He’ll go into the studio to record next month. In addition to new material, the new record may contain “lots of covers,” an RCA spokesperson told Entertainment Weekly. The magazine reports that Clay “is sorting through potential material now and that “he’ll be hitting the studio this March–with an eye toward a May release date.”

This news comes despite a pair of incomprehensibly stupid rumors in the wake of recent news: an idiotic overheard conversation and an absurd Page Six item that parses its words carefully to essentially create the news it is “reporting.” That item says that Clay’s fans “could file a class-action lawsuit against the singer,” quoting “a spy” who says fans “might want their money back.” The key words, of course, are “might” and “could,” as in, one day, Page Six and Jossip might have actual news to report instead of just printing quotes that could be completely fabricated by gossip-whores who might be desperate to capitalize on recent controversy.

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.