Ben Flajnik’s Bachelor women revealed, including an elderly woman

Some of the women who will date Ben Flajnik on The Bachelor 16 have been identified, and that includes the elderly woman on crutches who appears in an ABC promo.

That the women are being identified isn’t a surprise, since they were filmed in public earlier this fall, leading the production to threaten a newspaper

Doing what he does, Reality Steve has identified 16 of the women so far, and that includes the woman who appears at the very end of the preview below: a senior citizen who tells Ben, “I fell madly in love with you.”

The audio and editing are weird, however, and there’s a good reason: she’s not really a bachelorette. Steve reports that “someone’s grandma actually gets out of the limo first to surprise Ben. The grandma then introduces her granddaughter to Ben.”

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.