10,000 show up for Idol auditions in LA but “it doesn’t look like a very talented bunch”

Yesterday in LA, 10,000 people got in line to audition for American Idol 6. But executive producer Nigel Lythgoe told USA TODAY that “it doesn’t look like a very talented bunch.”

Still, he says they’ll probably make good TV, as “[t]he arrogance is still here after all these seasons. Our bar goes up every single year. (That) is a problem for them.”

The AP reports that most of the about 10,000 hopeful idols each “got less than a minute to sing a few bars — and then the boot.” They auditioned in front of producers, and only those who make it through another round will be make it in front of the judges

Both USA TODAY and The Los Angeles Times talked to and surveyed the crowd, and the stories are unquestionably familiar.

Hope springs eternal at ‘Idol’ auditions [AP]
The word from Nigel Lythgoe [USA TODAY]
Starry-Eyed Thousands Turn Out for Season 6 Tryouts [Los Angeles Times]

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.