Viewers dump magician, tennis player from Dancing with the Stars 6

The Dancing with the Stars 6 journey ended for Penn Jillette and Monica Seles last night during the show’s first! ever! double! elimination! So much drama.

Penn Jillette, ever the joker, insisted that he and Kym Johnson weren’t going to give up and would stick around. Monica went home because she is “not a performer,” as Bruno said, and had trouble with facial expressions last week. (Speaking of facial expressions, The New York Daily News has a detailed story about what’s wrong with Priscilla Presley’s face. The short answer: bad plastic surgery.)

Adam Carolla joked last week that he was going to lose, but viewers kept him around despite his attitude towards Carrie Ann. He wasn’t even in the bottom two; that honor went to Cristi&#aacute;n de la Fuente. For the women, Marissa Jaret Winokur was barely spared elimination.

Priscilla Presley’s mug is too full [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.