Courtney Love was not asked to guest judge on Idol or replace Paula Abdul

American Idol‘s executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe, said he never invited Courtney Love to guest judge on the show, nor will she replace Paula Abdul.

In a statement to Us Weekly, Lythgoe said, “I did not call Courtney Love and am afraid someone may have misrepresented me. Courtney Love is a very talented artist, but the judges for American Idol are Paula, Randy and Simon. We have no plans to add to or replace any of them.”

Us Weekly sounds somewhat skeptical of this denial, saying he “didn’t offer any comment” on Tuesday, “but now Lythgoe denies making the call.”

However, “[a] source close to Love says, ‘It was probably a prank.'” And Courtney Love’s representative says, “There’s no truth to it whatsoever.”

Courtney Gets Punked by Idol Imposter [Us Weekly]

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.