Christina Aguilera signs up to judge NBC’s The Voice with Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine

NBC confirmed today that Christina Aguilera will judge–er, be a “musician coach”–on The Voice, along with Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine. She will sit in one of the show’s signature swivel chairs, which may be risky considering her recent mishaps. The announcement comes one day after she was arrested for public intoxication.

The three singers are defined as “musician coaches” instead of judges because the show, while it is an imported format, is set up to be a preemptive strike at Fox and Simon Cowell’s X Factor, which has its judges mentor a group of singers.

In a press release quote, Christina/the publicist who wrote the quote said, “To be given the opportunity to help shape new artists’ careers and mentor them to see their dreams come to fruition is a task I welcome with open arms.” And producer Mark Burnett insists in his quote that “my first choice for a female coach had to be Christina Aguilera.”

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.