Tom DeLay will quit Dancing with the Stars

After dancing live last night on Dancing with the Stars 9 despite being injured, Tom DeLay “will withdraw from Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday’s live results show due to stress fractures in both of his feet,” People reports.

Before his live performance, he said he was “insane or stupid”; after the show was over, he told the magazine that his feet were “starting to tell me I shouldn’t have done this. I ice them. I’ve got a bone stimulator machine that I put on them.”

To recap: The Hammer has been taken down by a dance competition that caused him to be “more feminine and a little prissy” and has left him stimulating his bones.

Tom DeLay to Quit Dancing with the Stars [People]

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.