Kara DioGuardi hasn’t heard from Idol producers

Kara DioGuardi hasn’t talked to American Idol producers about her job, and learned of rumors of her firing online at the same time we did.

That’s according to her dad, Joe DioGuardi, who’s running for Senate in New York as a Republican. Appearing on the New York TV show Capital Tonight, he said, “Would you believe that she did not hear and still has not heard anything? She read it the way you did and I did. In fact, her disappointment is that’s the way she’s being treated, and she feels that’s not proper.”

In that part of the interview (AI Now has a clip of just the Idol talk, which comes via MJ’s Big Blog), he suggested producers are “trying to create a lot of buzz,” and added, “Does she want to do it another year? I think so.” Noting that she recently got married, he said, “So maybe this is a good opening for her, too.”

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.