Syesha Mercado, Spencer Pratt ask people to call them

Two reality stars are giving out their phone numbers on Twitter and asking fans to call them. Yesterday, American Idol 7 finalist Syesha Mercado asked people to call her, and when she had to leave, told them to leave messages that she’d listen to.

Earlier, Spencer Pratt took a break from his disingenuous-sounding sanctimonious tweeting to ask fans to call him.

These aren’t their real phone numbers; both are via Say Now. But still: Can you get any more desperate for attention than to beg your fans to call you?

By the way, are you a fan on me on Facebook or following me on Twitter yet?

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.