Tom DeLay dances with stress fractures; says, “I’m insane or stupid”

Despite stress fractures in both feet, Tom DeLay danced the samba and shook his ass while wearing a shirt emblazoned with a glittery Republican elephant during Dancing with the Stars 9. He got a 6, 4, and 5 from the judges (the 4 was from crankypants Len Goodman, who’d apparently misplaced his 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 paddles all night).

“I’m insane or stupid…I can’t figure out which,” he told Tom Bergeron before dancing after we heard him say in the clip package, “The producers and my doctor have told me to withdraw from the competition, but I want to dance no matter what.”

“Tom is not giving up. I have a lot of respect for him,” Cheryl Burke said in one of those obnoxiously scripted interview segments that the stars nor the pro dancers can ever pull off with any degree of believability.

Before their dance, DeLay said, “What’s a little pain when you can party?” I guess that depends upon the strength of the stuff you’re partying with.

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.