X Factor hires two people to do Steve Jones’ job

Fox today announced what Simon Cowell called “the worst kept secret in Hollywood,” which is to say it wasn’t a secret at all: “Television personality Khloé Kardashian Odom and TV host and actor Mario Lopez will host the second season of The X Factor,” which last season was hosted by Steve Jones, until he was fired along with everyone else.

Okay, that’s over. On with life.

OH NO! CRISIS! What will we talk and speculate about now that both The X Factor and American Idol have judges and hosts? Even The Voice has its line-up for next season! What will entertainment writers do? Shit, is it too late to ask a question for tonight’s town hall debate to find out what President Obama and Mitt Romney would do to put all these people back to work?

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.