Chris Daughtry eliminated from American Idol 5

As predicted, Chris and Katharine were in the bottom two last night, and Chris Daughtry went home. This may have been more shocking had he not slept his way through his performances Tuesday night. He also peaked too soon, which is never good (Ace Young, ahem).

Still, since he was with Katharine in the bottom two, it seemed that everyone thought she was gone. Simon said as much, and the dumbass audience booed him, as if they wouldn’t booed him had he said the opposite. Anyway, Ryan basically spit out the news as the audience was calming itself down, saying, “Chris, you are going home tonight, the journey ends. America, you have spoken, and Chris is off the show tonight.” Chris said, “I’m a little bit in shock,” although Katharine looked more surprised.

Another surprise was a highly inappropriate, what-are-they-thinking “impromptu” request from audience member Rebecca Romijn for Taylor to perform Jailhouse Rock again. Ryan asked for permission to let him perform, and he did while the other contestants sat there and twiddled their thumbs. Maybe next week, Ryan Seacrest will pause to make us all go online to play Taylor Hicks Pacman.

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.