Chris Isaak may judge Idol; Trump interested; Fox wants music industry judge by Sept.

Singer/songwriter and actor Chris Isaak has met with American Idol producers about becoming the show’s fourth judge, and The Apprentice‘s Donald Trump has reportedly expressed interest in replacing Simon Cowell, whose upcoming The X Factor is complicating things because it, too, needs high-profile judges.

That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, which says that Fox “is determined to land a widely known music industry figure for the post” and “has met with a fair number of candidates.” Besides Isaak, they include Bret Michaels and Harry Connick Jr.

The most random potential candidate, Donald Trump, “has quietly lobbied to replace Cowell despite his longtime association with NBC as producer and judge of ‘The Apprentice’ franchise,” the paper reports. That’d despite the fact that Trump is not fond of people choosing reality shows other than his own.

Meanwhile with Simon Cowell’s own X Factor needing judges for its debut in the fall of 2011, The Hollywood Reporter says “at least one desirable candidate has set off a tug-of-war between ‘Idol’ executive producer Simon Fuller and Cowell.”

Chris Isaak could replace Simon Cowell

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.