StarStyle sells products seen on American Idol, Real World

A new web site sells products that have been featured on reality shows, but unlike eBay auctions for actual memorabila, the site instead offers new versions of the same products. In other words, you can dress like your favorite reality stars and stock your house with the same furniture.

StarStyle allows you to search for products by show or cast member; right now, the only two reality shows with products available are American Idol and The Real World. For example, you can buy an Urban Striped Ottoman like the one in the Key West house. FremantleMedia has partnered with the site and will offer “a special section on its AmericanIdol.com site titled ‘Get the Look’ that will allow fans to purchase the styles ‘Idol’ contestants wear on the show,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Elsewhere, David at Ironic Sans is offering the most brilliant reality TV-related product ever conceived: “pre-pixelated clothing for Reality TV shows.”

When cast members wear clothing with logos or other innappropriate material, “producers have to pixelate it beyond recognition in post-production,” he writes, and that “seems like an awful lot of trouble to go through for something that could have been avoided with a little pre-planning.” Hence the products.

“if you live in an area where a reality TV show is taping, you should think about getting one of these shirts in case you get caught in the background of a shot. And if you’re heading to audition for a Reality TV show, maybe you should wear one of these shirts to the audition so they know that you’re really serious about Reality TV.”

StarStyle
‘Idol’ wares find Web home in StarStyle pact [Hollywood Reporter]
Idea: Pre-pixelated clothes for Reality TV shows [Ironic Sans [via TVgasm]

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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.