Adam Shankman added as SYTYCD’s third permanent judge

Despite having left American Idol over a year ago, Nigel Lythgoe couldn’t keep his stupid mouth shut about the show any time the media asked, and his most common refrain was about not liking fourth judges. Now, his Fox series, So You Think You Can Dance, has added a third judge, meaning it will have four judges when they have guest judges, which they usually do.

That third judge is Adam Shankman, a choreographer on the show who’s been added as the show’s permanent third judge.

As to his hypocrisy, at least he’s consistent: Once again, Nigel Lythgoe says that he doesn’t like four judges, but said it’s okay when the fourth judge isn’t permanent, because, you know, that’s so different. “Where you’re just having guest judges pop in, I’m quite happy with that,” he told Zap2it. Of Adam, he said, “We’ve always found that we work very well together.”

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.