Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell hang out together in a pool

If you’ve ever wondered how American Idol judge Simon Cowell and host Ryan Seacrest spend their off time, wonder no more: They swim together.

It’s not really a secret that they’re actually friends, despite the on-air ribbing, endless gay jokes, and rumors. But who knew that they’d inspired a headline like this one on Just Jared? Shirtless Simon & Ryan Play Poolside.

Yes, the acerbic judge and meterosexual host are half-naked, sipping drinks, and laughing together in Miami, and since the season seven auditions were there in August, they weren’t there for the show. Thus, the mystery of what Simon is hiding under that tight black t-shirt has been solved.

Shirtless Simon & Ryan Play Poolside [Just Jared]

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.