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]

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.