Benji Schwimmer wins So You Think You Can Dance 2

America thinks Benji Schwimmer can dance, as the majority of the 16 million votes cast after So You Think You Can Dance 2‘s finale were for him. He’s a swing dancer who’s dad is swing dancer Buddy Schwimmer, aka “The King Of Swing,” so clearly the ability to swing dance is genetic.

After winning, Benji started bawling, and said, “Thank you so much America.” As winner, he gets $100,000, and a role in Celine Dion’s Las Vegas production. She appeared on the show, via tape, to say, “I am delighted to be the first one to congratulate Benji on becoming America’s favorite dancer.”

Travis Wall came in second place for his dancing, which he describes as “contemporary” and “lyrical” but which the Calgary Sun calls jazz dancing.

New king of swing crowned [Calgary Sun]

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.