Cheryl Burke reveals molestation, abuse: “They’re not secrets. There’s no shame.”

Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke has published a new memoir in which she discusses being molested as a child and physically abused as an adult by two boyfriends.

Cheryl’s book, Dancing Lessons: How I Found Passion and Potential on the Dance Floor and in Life, will be released Feb. 8, and since it was ghostwritten by People magazine writer Monica Rizzo, the magazine has an interview with Cheryl, and reports that when she was a kid, “Burke was repeatedly molested by a friend of her family’s — and testified against him in court, helping send him to prison for nearly two decades,” while as an adult, she suffered “physical abuse by two former boyfriends.”

“They’re not secrets. There’s no shame,” Cheryl said, adding that she’s telling her story because, “If I can help just one person, for me that’s all that matters.”

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.

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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.