Chris Daughtry’s record is number two; Paris Bennett signs a record deal

Chris Daughtry’s debut album, oddly called Daughtry, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. It sold 304,000 copies, according to Billboard.

After only one week, that already places him at number eight on the all-time sales chart among Idol contestants.

Meanwhile, USA TODAY’s Idol Chatter reports that Paris Bennett “has signed a deal and is expected to have an album out in February.” While an official announcement has yet to be made, the blog reports that “one of USA TODAY’s music reporters was pitched by a publicist about it.”

In quasi-related news, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Paris lost weight because “she wanted to look good on her CD.”

Paris says, “I’ve probably lost a lot of weight.” She also cryptically adds, “I’m doing something new. I have a new thing that I want to share with my fans and my audience. Something completely different. I have so much in my life that’s changed that I want to talk about.”

Jay-Z Reclaims His ‘Kingdom’ With No. 1 Debut [Billboard]
Paris: Next Idol signed [USA TODAY Idol Chatter]
Paris Bennett’s CD will sport a toned-up cover girl [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.