Paula Abdul has no deal, “still [hasn’t] heard from the producers”

Paula Abdul’s return to American Idol 9 is still not happening, as she just wrote on Twitter, “I have not made a deal w/ #IDOL.Don’t know how that rumor got started but it’s not true as I still haven’t heard from the producers.”

Two anonymously sourced reports claim she’s just holding out for more money: Radar claims Paula wants $20 million but the producers are offering $10 million, while TMZ claims “somewhere between 2 and 3 times what she’s making now,” which they say is “between $2 and $3 mil a year.” That’s quite the difference, but what else can you expect from gossip magazines that use anonymous sources?

EXCLUSIVE: Paula Abdul Demands $20 Million From American Idol [Radar]
Paula Abdul — One Pissed Off Judge! [TMZ]

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.