Making the Band 3 group named Danity Kane

The five-member all-female group formed on last season of Making the Band 3 has a name: Danity Kane. The group appeared on MTV’s TRL last month and revealed the name.

Entertainment Weekly’s Kate Sullivan points out that the name is “the name of a female anime superhero Dawn draws,” but says that as a group name, it’s “worse than Dream. That’s worse than the WB’s Popstars band, Eden’s Crush. (Well, maybe not.)”

Their first single, “Show Stopper,” also debuted last month, and is available on the group’s MySpace page. The third season of the show is currently airing Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on MTV. The fourth episode airs tomorrow night; the last two repeat starting at 8.

Performance Anxieties [Entertainment Weekly]
Dainty Kane [MySpace]

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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