Tom Colicchio explains why Alex wasn’t sent home on Top Chef DC

Alex’s apparent failure to follow the rules on Top Chef 7 didn’t get him sent home for one reason, according to Tom Colicchio: “Alex was on the winning team; he wasn’t up for elimination.”

Tom copied and pasted that sentence 10 times into his post-episode commentary, and that they didn’t have time to check to see if Alex broke the rules, especially because the only rule was that each chef take credit for one dish: “We don’t have time in the shooting schedule to halt production and go watch the dailies to see how much of the dish Alex claimed as his he’d actually cooked. He claimed responsibility for that dish.”

Besides being plagued by cheating allegations, Alex was a dolt in the front of the house, but Tom adds, “I’ve always thought it odd that the show puts two chefs out in the front of the house and have long begged the producers to change that aspect of Restaurant Wars.” He wants everyone to cook and someone else to actually manage the restaurant. On a show called Top Chef?

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.