Paula Abdul broke her nose tripping over her dog

When Paula Abdul shows up to judge the American Idol 6 finale tomorrow night, she’ll do so with a broken nose.

She “tripped trying to avoid her Chihuahua, Tulip,” Extra reports, citing Paula’s spokesperson. She “was not hospitalized.” There’s no word if she now resembles Owen Wilson.

Her spokesperson told Us Weekly that she’s fine. “As we speak, she’s in a car on her way to press tour for the finale of Idol.”

Even though she’s okay, we may still have had some drama to look forward to as a result of the injury, since Paula now has a legitimate excuse to get doped up and be wildly entertaining rather than dreadfully boring.

Paula Abdul Breaks Her Nose [Extra]
Chihuahua Breaks Paula Abdul’s Nose [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.