Pamela Anderson in the bottom two, but Shannen Doherty leaves Dancing first

Despite improving week to week and not having the lowest judges’ score, Shannen Doherty was the first contestant voted off Dancing with the Stars 10, and she was joined in the bottom two by Pamela Anderson, who had even higher judges’ scores.

After their elimination was announced, Shannen’s partner Mark Ballas revealed that, due to a knee injury sustained in dress rehearsal on Monday, he was forced out of the competition for six weeks, so his father, Corky, would have danced with Shannen. She said she was glad to leave, however, because she wouldn’t want to dance without Mark.

Shopping cart-like dancer Kate Gosselin, whose partner threatened to quit during rehearsals this week (although he apologized and seemed like a big baby), wasn’t in the bottom two, but anyone who follows Tom Bergeron on Twitter could have guessed that. Mid-afternoon Tuesday, he wrote, “Just found out tonight’s bottom two on DWTS! WTF???” A shocking bottom two would not include Kate.

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.