Lisa Tucker leaves Idol and is joined in a shocking! bottom three by Ace and Katharine

Only one underage contestant remains on American Idol 5, as 16-year-old Lisa Tucker was eliminated last night. Lisa was joined in the bottom three not by knuckle-dragger Bucky “How the fuck did he get this far?” Covington, but by former front-runner Ace Young and frequent judge-favorite Katharine McPhee.

Ace Young was the first to return to the safety of the couches, while Katharine McPhee was saved by some divine intervention. “Whatever God’s plan for me — that’s all I have in my mind right now,” Katherine said as the God-friendly audience cheered wildly and then Ryan said that Lisa was going home.

The craptastic performances on Tuesday “didn’t inspire a large number of votes, because Ryan Seacrest didn’t announce the total at the beginning of the show as he usually does,” Craig Berman points out.

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.