Paula Abdul has “unrealistic,” “pricey demands” for X Factor, Star Search

Paula Abdul’s potential future as a judge on Simon Cowell’s relaunch of The X Factor is being held up by her contractual demands, which a new report says is still a possibility even though a previous report said her salary demand was too high so ABC dropped her from consideration.

The Sun-Times Bill Zwecker reports that “Abdul’s tough contract requirements that have caused delays,” and “[a]mong her ‘needs’ are very specific — and pricey — demands regarding office and dressing-room decoration and an insistence on a large entourage of publicists, hair stylists and makeup artists (available 24/7, even when not taping), plus a slew of other assistants.”

Paula also has “‘unrealistic’ demands regarding a piece of ownership of the programs” and someone on X Factor told Zwecker that her demand for wardrobe money “would cost more than what most shows provide an entire cast, ‘like on ‘Desperate Housewives.'”

Paula plays the diva card [Chicago Sun-Times]

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.

about the writer

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.