Helio calls off his engagement, may be with Julianne

Helio Castroneves and his fiancée have broken up. “I can confirm that Aliette Vazquez and I have called off our engagement and are no longer together. At this time I would prefer to keep my private life private,” Helio told People magazine.

That announcement has fueled rumors that Helio and Julianne have become this season’s second couple. Sabrina and Mark confirmed their relationship earlier this season.

Helio told Extra cryptically that his kiss with Julianne at the end of their final dance “was the beginning of something [but] it [the relationship] was beyond that point. It was time to let go.”

And the New York Daily News’ Ben Widdicombe reports that “on-set snitches are saying his closeness to dance partner Julianne Hough, 19, was a big part of the reason” for the break-up.

Dancing’s Helio Castroneves, Fiancée End Engagement [People]
Helio on Split with Fiancée: ‘It Is What It Is’ [Extra]
Helio Castroneves wins dance trophy, new girlfriend in same week – source [New York Daily News]

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.