Bachelor Pad opening to casting to viewers, becoming Real World/Road Rules Challenge

The Bachelor Pad, the spin-off the dispenses with the search for love and replaces it with, will cast non-alumni to be part of the cast of its third season this summer. That was announced during the finale tonight, and moves the show into territory that’s been well-explored on MTV’s Challenges, which started as competitions between alumni of The Real World and Road Rules, but now includes a slate of returning cast members who once were viewers or fans and never appeared on the feeder shows.

Casting is open to people who are at least 18 and residents of the United States or Canada (except Quebec), and “have not appeared in any unscripted/reality/game television show series, including but not limited to, Survivor, Big Brother, Amazing Race, American Idol, Pawn Stars, Dirty Jobs, Swamp People, Hogs Gone Wild, Deadliest Catch, America’s Top Model, and Project Runway.”

That is a strange list, and I am really sad that the Deadliest Catch captains and deckhands are ineligible along with Swamp People‘s cast, because how awesome would that be?

In this surprisingly funny video, awful Bachelor Jake Pavelka offers casting advice to potential applicants that’s both amusing and self-deprecating. For example, he shows a shirtless photo of himself and says, “I have no personality, so I work out.” That’s a pretty great description of a lot of the cast members.

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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