Cheryl Burke loses Dancing with the Stars for the first time (and Ian’s out, too)

Dancer Cheryl Burke, who won the last two seasons of Dancing with the Stars along with her partners, has lost the show for the first time. She and Ian Ziering were eliminated last night, leaving Joey Fatone, Apolo Anton Ohno, and Laila Ali to compete in the finals next week.

Cheryl and Ian had the lowest score from the judges on Monday, although it wasn’t that low, as they earned a combined total of 58. Two celebrities–Laila and Joey–had perfect 60s, and Apolo had a 59, thanks to Len Goodman’s deduction of one point because he decided Apolo’s dance was “raunchy,” which probably means it caused a stirring in a place that hasn’t stirred in decades.

The judges handed out 10s like they were shots of penicillin at an MTV Challenge taping. That essentially left the decision up to viewers, as perpetually inarticulate host Samantha Harris repeatedly reminded us as she filled. Time with her. Awkward pauses.

While viewers may not have voted for her and her partner, at least Cheryl doesn’t have another crappy trophy to stick in a closet somewhere.

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.

about the writer

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.