Reality Rocks voting ends today; 70,000 votes have been cast so far

Voting ends at midnight for the Reality Rocks awards, and after a month of voting, 70,000 votes have been cast, organizers told me today. So far, shows with the most votes cover a wide range of subjects and quality levels, and fans have been able to obsessively vote for the same show throughout the month.

People can vote for any show that aired between September 2009 and this September; the top 75 will be announced in January, 50 of which will be the shows with the most votes, and 24 of which will be those with the most votes from “loyal” fans who vote repeatedly, although only one vote per show per day is allowed. Registration is required to vote.

In January, there will be more voting for category-specific awards, in what organizers call “the first ever fan-voted reality, factual and lifestyle television awards.” (There are several categories that include reality shows and stars in the People’s Choice awards, which are also currently accepting viewer votes.)

Winners will be announced in April at the event, which aims to be Comic-Con for reality TV, except with a lamer name.

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.