Katharine returning to the Idol tour today, says rumors are “all untrue”

Katharine McPhee’s conspicuous absence from the American Idol 5 tour was blamed on bronchitis and laryngitis, but her reported appearances elsewhere seemed to suggest she was just skipping out.

Now, Katherine tells Access Hollywood that those rumors are untrue. “People said I was lying and I was shooting a movie. They would say ‘She thinks she’s better than ‘American Idol.’ It was all negative stuff and it’s all untrue,” she said.

Katherine says she “had a little bruising to the vocal chords and I had to take time to heal.” Access Hollywood asked if that had anything to do with her former problem with bulmia, and she said, “I spoke with my doctor and he said absolutely not. There has been no damage thus far from the disorder. It’s been a year since my last episode of those things. I’m free and clear of that stuff.”

She’ll return to the tour today, just in time to join the other finalists for a visit to The White House. Perfect timing.

Katharine ready to return to ‘Idol’ tour [Access Hollywood]

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.