David Johnson sings to David Hasselhoff, “What must I do to proclaim my love to you?”

America’s Got Talent 4 debuted last night, and unlike the dreadfully boring and pretty incredibly awful The Superstars on ABC, offered lots of entertainment in its auditions, even if it does make me feel like an old person for complaining about how just obnoxiously loud it is (audience screaming/booing plus loud music plus judges plus Nick Cannon commentary).

While the show hasn’t yet found its Susan Boyle, there was a stand-out singer: 30-year-old credit union loan officer David Johnson was booed as he started performing an original song that he said “all kind of started with writing this song about someone that I had a crush on. It was a character on Baywatch.”

However, he quickly won over the audience–and Piers Morgan, who gave him an X almost immediately–when they actually gave him a few seconds, listened, and realized what he was doing. His lyrics about his crush on David Hasselhoff are just amazing:

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.

about the writer

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.