Aarti’s win spoiled on Food Network’s web site in June; the same thing happened in 2008

For the second time, the Food Network’s web site has inadvertently revealed the winner of The Next Food Network Star early.

Six weeks ago, winner Aarti Sequeira’s name was included in a list of “our chefs,” Food Network Humor reported at the time. The network’s web site was quickly updated after FNH’s post to add all of the other contestants, a clear attempt at damage control. Her win may have been inevitable, but that clearly confirmed it.

Two years ago, the network did the same thing, publishing post-finale interviews with all three finalists before the actual finale, which revealed that Aaron McCargo won. That was lamely blamed on “technical difficulties” instead of just being acknowledged as a screw-up.

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.