Chikezie goes home; Syesha and Jason Castro were also at risk

As a result of his poor performance during the American Idol 7‘s lowest-rated show of the season, Chikezie Eze was eliminated from the competition.

More surprising than Chikezie’s elimination–even he knew he was in trouble, pointing to the bottom three stools before Ryan Seacrest told him if he was safe or at risk–was his company in the bottom two. Syesha Mercado and Jason Castro both joined him there, although Jason Castro was quickly sent back to safety.

Meanwhile, Ryan Seacrest let the finalists address rumors. Carly Smithson said, “apparently, I’m pregnant, but I’m not.” Both references this rumor as if it was making headline news, but I couldn’t find anything about it online during the show.

There was, however, conversation online about what Ryan allowed David Archuleta to address, saying, “Simon questioned your choice, wondering if you made the choice last night.” He was referring to David’s performance of “You’re the Voice,” which David said is “one of my all-time favorite songs” and said “I love it so much … I did actually pick it.” Then he did that increasingly uncomfortable awkward laugh. The director did not cut away to show David’s stage dad in the audience, who was reportedly the target of Simon’s rant Tuesday.

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.

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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.