X Factor will accept votes via Twitter

A year and a half ago, I joked in a satirical post that American Idol would accept votes via Twitter. But that’s exactly what will happen starting next week, when voting begins on Fox’s The X Factor.

Fox announced late Tuesday that it will “allow fans — for the first time in television — to cast votes for their favorite finalists” on Twitter, which will happen
via direct messages sent to @TheXFactorUSA. Public tweets do not count; Fox has instructions for people who are new to Twitter.

There will also be traditional voting via a toll-free number, and Verizon customers can also vote via an app or text message.

The New York Times reported that “Twitter executives say they don’t pay for such placement,” although it did cost them money “to set up the voting infrastructure.”

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.