Lauren Alaina out, Haley Reinhart back on Idol finale? Or just a last-minute publicity stunt?

A report suggests that American Idol 10 finalist Lauren Alaina has lost her voice and will be forced to drop out of the finale, replaced by last week’s eliminated contestant, Haley Reinhart.

TMZ reports, citing its usual, vague “spies,” that during rehearsal, Lauren “got through the first [song], struggled through the second and was unable to perform the third,” and “a doctor on the set has ordered Lauren not to sing or speak, but there is a ‘real possibility’ she will not be able to perform on tonight’s show,” which means “producers will reinstate” Haley.

Hilariously, the story ends with “Producers are trying to find Haley right now,” as if she’s lost.

MJ of MJ’s Big Blog notes that this comes from “Nigel [Lythgoe]’s ‘friends’ at TMZ,” and wrote, “I smell a publicity stunt!”

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.