Paula Abdul may leave after this season; Kara “hurt” by Paula’s fourth-judge comments

Paula Abdul suggested she’ll leave American Idol after this season. “It is the last season of my contract, and I have so many other things I want to do. There are only so many hours in the day,” she told OK! Magazine. Last November, rumors said she’d be leaving the show.

She also dissed new judge Kara DioGuardi. “Kara and I have known each other for years and we get along great. But we tried four judges before and it doesn’t work. It takes up so much time for each of us to give our opinion that it slows down the pace of the show,” Paula told the magazine.

Kara responded today, telling told Access Hollywood, “Paula has a right to her opinions, but I was disappointed by her comments, and hurt that she did not address them to me in person.”

On Wednesday night’s live performance show, the judges switched judging order, with Simon actually going first or second sometimes, which was both odd and refreshing. Usually, Simon’s dickish–or complimentary–comment comes last, and it worked well this way, even when Paula’s flat commentary wasn’t sandwiched between more coherent critiques.

Paula Abdul’s Looking For Her Soulmate [OK! Magazine]
Kara DioGuardi is disappointed in Paula Abdul [Access Hollywood]

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.