“Friday”: Finally a hit song for Taylor Hicks

American Idol‘s fifth-season winner, Taylor Hicks, finally has a new hit on his hands: a popular video of him parodying the viral video of Rebecca Black’s performance of “Friday.”

On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert challenged Fallon to raise money for charity, and after raising $26,000 for DonorsChoose, which funds classroom projects, Colbert performed “Friday.” He was joined by the Roots and, spoiler alert, Taylor Hicks–and his appearance made the whole thing even more perfectly ridiculous. Taylor at once made fun of himself a little bit and made himself seem a lot cooler.

If you’ve been hiding from the Internet the past three weeks, Rebecca Black’s version of “Friday” has become an overnight sensation because of its insipid lyrics, the overproduction of the 13-year-old’s singing, and the cheesy video.

Here’s the performance from Late Night:

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.