Kevin Gillespie wins Top Chef Las Vegas fan favorite, adding $10,000 to his $45,000

At long last, we know who the Top Chef Las Vegas fan favorite is: Kevin Gillespie and his very popular beard. He received $10,000 for beating fan favorite runner-up Bryan Voltaggio, and with the $45,000 that he received during quickfire challenges, third-place Kevin was rewarded for his work on the show.

Both Kevin and Bryan appeared via Skype on Bravo on Andy Cohen’s horrific Watch What Happens early this morning. But it took nearly a half-hour to get to that, because Andy ignored my Twitter plea to announce it at the top of the hour. At first, I was actually somewhat engaged by the show, as I was focused on trying to figure out how the hell Andy Cohen got Sarah Jessica Parker to be in-studio with him, but as she sat and giggled while he talked about Tara Reid’s breasts looking like a butt, I realized they’re soulmates in annoyingness. I thought listening to them talk about Sarah Jessica Parker’s hair was intolerable, but then she started opening Hanukkah presents and gushing over them and I had to put it on mute.

Anyway, Andy actually explained why the announcement of fan favorite didn’t come during the long, boring reunion on Wednesday, and it wasn’t (entirely) Bravo attempting to jack up the ratings of Andy’s show. He responded to the backlash by explaining that they taped the reunion six weeks ago because voting ended this week. I’m not sure why he couldn’t have mentioned that during the reunion, because that makes sense. But making us sit through 29 minutes of Watch What Happens? That’s just cruel.

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.