Paula Abdul’s tattered clothing the most interesting thing about American Idol

During 90 minutes of sheer American Idol 7 boredom–interrupted only by a kick-ass performance by Michael Johns singing Queen’s “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions”–there was really only one thing on my mind: What the hell was Paula Abdul wearing? Just look:

Paula Abdul

Seriously, it looks like Simon Cowell ripped the left side off during a commercial break, her right sleeve was torn off after being sucked into Randy Jackson’s vortex of platitudes, and she was wearing trash bag fragments on her hands that were wrapped with jewelry she won in a claw machine.

No wonder she always praises how the contestants look, insisting they always look fabulous regardless of what they’re actually wearing; she has no frame of reference at all.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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.