Dance-off hurts, doesn’t save Belinda Carlisle

Go-Go’s member Belinda Carlisle went-went home first on Dancing with the Stars 8 after losing a point in the first-ever dance off.

The show’s new twist allowed the bottom two–Belinda and Steve Wozniak–to re-do one of their previous dances and receive new scores from the judges. Belinda lost a point from her Monday version, and it wasn’t even crotchety old man Len Goodman who took the point away, it was Carrie Ann Inaba. Still, that left her more judges’ points than Woz, but he stuck around, because he’s Woz.

Steve-O returned to take the blame for his injury, saying he wanted to do the flip and that his partner, Lacey, didn’t want him to. Beyond that, the first results show packed in as much filler as usual, even with the dance-off. From Jewel performing to the Macy’s Stars Of Dance (what?) to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, a lot of fast-forward buttons got work-outs last night.

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.