Survivor winners, Steven Tyler on Idol, Tyra Banks almost quit, Louis C.K. and Tim Gunn

People catches up with 10 winners of Survivor, finding out what they’re doing now, besides appearing at cast events/fame orgies. [People]

Steven Tyler says of American Idol, “I loved it and hated it. It was a great job, I sat next to J. Lo and I made a ton of money. It was a moment in life and it became larger than life.” He also calls his $10 million a year job “just hard work: seven-hour days.” So hard! [Rolling Stone]

Tyra Banks says she almost quit America’s Next Top Model (“I’ve thought about turning the reigns over. I had to be reminded that [the show] is my baby. A few years ago, I was willing to give my baby up for adoption!”), but instead she just fired everyone else. [New York Post]

Louis C.K., star of FX’s Louie, watches Project Runway and loves Tim Gunn. [Twitter]

The Voice coach Christina Aguilera said nice things about her former Mickey Mouse Club co-star and new X Factor judge Britney Spears. That’s nice of her. [Extra]

Big Brother’s Will Wikle walks around New York City in tiny, tiny underwear that don’t do a good job of covering the parts that underwear usually covers. [YouTube via Daily Jocks]

Phillip Phillips’ first single “Home” is officially gold, having sold more than 500,000 copies. It previously set a record by selling more downloads its first week than any other American Idol alumni ever has. [Hollywood Reporter]

Surprisingly, Bravo renewed The Real Housewives of Miami, though it fired some cast members and hired new ones, who can be seen in this preview. [Bravo]

The drama during an Olympic fencing match last night may be more dramatic than anything that’s happened on a reality show this summer. Buzzfeed]

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.