SYTYCD’s Lauren hospitalized for dehydration; Nigel Lythgoe already thinks he’s on Idol

After an episode in which all the remaining finalists actually danced, the Nigel Lythgoe-declared So You Think You Can Dance front-runner Lauren Froderman was hospitalized for dehydration after the show last night. At the end of the show, Cat said she was being seen by medics.

Later, previously eliminated injured contestant Alex Wong, who was in the audience, wrote on Twitter that “I think Lauren will be fine to compete next week. She was dehydrated and very dizzy. She went to the hospital for some tests.” Nigel Lythgoe just wrote on Twitter this morning, “Sorry I can’t tell you what the problem was with Lauren until I speak with her and her Doctor later today. I just don’t know at this point.”

Meanwhile, while judging Lauren, Nigel Lythgoe referred to his show as American Idol, which is understandable considering the news, although considering he was judging when he said it, I hope he’s not thinking of replacing the judges with himself.

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.