American Idol’s top 24, Hollywood round contestants spoiled

The men, women, and teenagers who are part of American Idol 11‘s top 24 and Hollywood round have mostly been identified by a spoiler site. Seven of those in the top 24 are people we’ve seen in previous seasons, and five were on season 10.

The Idol Pad has posted names of the contestants, including 23 of the top 24 (one male is missing), and those who made it to the “sing for your life”/”green mile” and Las Vegas rounds. There’s also a list of Hollywood week contestants, and a separate post identifies pairings and songs from that round.

A Vote for the Worst poster compiled a list of links to earlier appearances by those who have been on previous seasons.

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.