Ryan Seacrest says there’s “a plan” for phone sex number, which he just discovered

News that American Idol 8‘s top 13 presents a unique problem with the voting phone numbers–the next number in the sequence, 1-866-IDOLS-13, is actually a phone sex line–has just reached host Ryan Seacrest.

Ryan discovered this a half-hour ago, tweeting, “crap, were gonna have a problem on Idol tonight – just dialed 1-866-IDOLS-13 and its not quite SFW.”

A few minutes ago, he posted an update on Twitter, writing, “oh man…1-866-IDOLS-00 is dirty too, lol. Just talked to one of the Idol producers and they have a plan…*crossing fingers*”

His comments don’t make it clear if the producers knew before MJ’s Big Blog and Dial Idol broke the news, but having “a plan” doesn’t sound to me like they planned far enough in advance to change all of the phone numbers for all of the contestants.

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.