Dancing with the Stars singers prove Simon Cowell right by mangling more pop music

If you were confused by Simon Cowell’s reference to “singers murdering a song” on dancing shows during last week’s American Idol, all you have to do is watch this one performance from last night’s Dancing with the Stars.

Aiden Turner and Edyta Sliwinska’s quick-step dance was set to “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train, who should sue the show for destroying their song. I’m sure if you recorded me singing this song at the top of my lungs while taking a shower, it’d sound a lot better, and I can’t sing. A later performance of Lady GaGa’s “Paparazzi” was also excruciatingly bad, so much so that it distracted me from Kate Gosselin’s dancing was.

And the show should apologize to me and everyone else for the literal pain it causes. The real money shot comes around 1:30, when his voice cracks three times in a row because he can’t reach the notes. Ridiculous!

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.