Sanjaya Malakar, Janice Dickinson, Duane Chapman join I’m a Celebrity cast

NBC may soon need to rename I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here 2, calling it I’m a Former Reality Show Star…Get Me Out of Here instead, because nearly all of its confirmed and rumored cast members are past reality show cast members, not actual celebrities.

Joining confirmed cast members Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, of Hills fame, are American Idol finalist Sanjaya Malakar, former Top Model judge and Oxygen reality star Janice Dickinson, and Dog the Bounty Hunter Duane Chapman. The only non-reality show participant is Rod Blagojevich, who still needs a judge’s permission to go to Costa Rica in June.

Sanjaya’s participation was revealed by Access Hollywood, and this will be a considerable step up for Sanjaya, who recently appeared at the Fargo Star competition to sign autographs. OK! Magazine reported on Dog and Janice’s participation, citing only show insiders. OK! also said Geraldo Rivera would participate, but also quoted a Fox News spokesperson who said that was “false.”

Sanjaya Signs On For ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’ [Access Hollywood]
Exclusive: Dog the Bounty Hunter Says, “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!” and More “Celebrities” Want to Get Out of Here [OK! magazine]

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.