Ali engaged to Roberto, dumps Chris early; Reality Steve apologizes

Ali Fedotowsky picked Roberto Martinez at the end of The Bachelorette, and as is usually the case with this spin-off, allowed him to recover his masculinity after a season of leaving all the choices up to a woman by letting him propose marriage, which, of course, she accepted. Ali dumped Chris Lambton before the final rose ceremony, giving this season its promised first when she told him, “I’m in love with somebody else.”

This conclusion is the opposite of what usually reliable Bachelor spoiler Steve Carbone, aka Reality Steve, predicted in late June and which a tabloid contradicted soon after. Yesterday, he wrote, “for the first time in a year, my sources failed me. They actually called to apologize for jumping the gun on the ‘Ali is single’ stuff. They said that through all the information they had gathered and heard, the only conclusion they could come to was that Ali was single. They were wrong. They apologize, and I apologize.”

A conspiracy theory would suggest that ABC successfully planted false information in order to ferret out who was providing details about the show to Steve. But he corrected himself before the finale and added, “they came through for me in the last hours. … If they knew who my sources were, then how would I have gotten the information I just gave you?”

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.