“Some” of the top 24 will be revealed tonight in a shocking American Idol first

American Idol 9 is down to its two final Hollywood week episodes, and in the most shocking news ever, Fox announced yesterday that for the first time ever, “some of the Top 24 semifinalists will be revealed” during tonight’s two-hour episode. Yes, some! Unbelievable!

Usually, the show reveals its top 24 on the Wednesday episode, which concludes with them attempting to dance to a catchy song. But–spoiler alert!–“some” will be revealed on the Tuesday episode after contestants “perform their final solo number,” Fox said. The “remaining contestants” will be revealed tomorrow night.

Why this shocking change? Is it because the show is up against the Olympics? Or because the top 24 has been revealed online? Or because on a slow holiday news day this press release actually generated a surprising number of headlines?

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.