Tia Williams: “the most crucial element for American Idol success is hair”

Prior to tonight’s American Idol 6 episode, I’m thinking about two things: How much will the men suck tonight? And what will Sanjaya’s hair look like this week? His hair has changed every week, and according to one former magazine editor, he’s paying attention to the one thing that actually counts: his hair.

“The most crucial element for American Idol success is hair. You can have a great voice, but if you have bad hair, you’re a goner,” Tia Williams says on a FOX Philadelphia report. (Yes, this is what local news has been reduced to; meanwhile, we’re turning into a country of absolute morons.)

Anyway, the report suggests Taylor’s hair helped him win, while Ace Young’s slicked-back hair led to his elimination.

And Williams, a former Elle beauty editor, says that last season, Kelly Pickler’s “hair was so important that [after she cut it] the American Idol people actually made her put extensions in to bring her back for the American Idol tour.”

Idol: Secret to Success May Not Be Singing [MyFox Philadelphia]

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.