Taylor Hicks is People’s hottest bachelor; Ace Young, Ryan Seacrest are also listed

Taylor Hicks has been named the hottest bachelor in the country by People magazine, leading a list that includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, and Nick Lachey. Also included among the 50 bachelors are Ace Young and Ryan Seacrest. None of the bachelors are ranked except Taylor, who’s in the number one spot, which ought to lead to some feelings of inferiority, from those who were included and those male American Idol 5 finalists who were snubbed, like Kevin Kovais.

Even though he’s currently unattached, Taylor has his eyes on a mystery woman he saw on an airplane. “We waved and did a double-take look. It seemed like something out of a movie,” he said.
To help him out, People “has set up e-mail and mailing addresses for the mystery woman to contact Hicks,” according to the AP.

When he wasn’t a bachelor, back in high school, he went to prom with Taylor Brooke Kelley, and wore a “navy plaid” tux. His date says he “was the center of attention” even then, in part because he did that seizure/dance thing he does. She tells People, “(Taylor) was such a good dancer. He did what he called the ‘Carlton Dance,’ from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

Hottest Bachelors 2006 and Bachelor No. 1: Taylor Hicks’s Prom Date Reminisces [People]
Hicks tops People’s ‘hot bachelor’ list [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.

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about the writer

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.