Julianne Hough (again) says she’s leaving Dancing with the Stars

Last November, Julianne Hough said she was leaving Dancing with the Stars to focus on her music. Then she showed up this season. Now she says she’s leaving the show next season to focus on her music.

“I wasn’t planning to come back this season because I wanted to focus on my music. But I went back and it’s been so much fun to dance with my good friend who happens to be my boyfriend,” she told Fox News. Then she added, “I will be taking next season off.”

Speaking of leaving the show, David Alan Grier left Dancing with the Stars 8 last night, despite having improved his score during a dance-off against Lawrence Taylor, who didn’t receive any additional points from the judges. Perhaps the biggest surprise was that Steve O was sent to safety early despite having the lowest judges’ score yet again.

Julianne Hough Leaving ‘Dancing With the Stars’ [Fox 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.