Idol edits out the best part of Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey fight

For some inexplicable reason, American Idol included Nicki Minaj leaving the set of the show during the Charlotte auditions last night, but edited out the actual fight that followed Summer Cunningham’s audition.

While we saw the judges talking about whether or not Summer is only suited for singing country, we did not see Nicki telling Mariah things such as, “Every time you take a shot at me I’m a take it back, and if you gotta fucking problem then handle it. I told them, I’m not fucking putting up with your fucking highness over there … figure it the fuck out.” (MTV News has a full transcript.)

It was ultimately obnoxious, and Fox deserves more than the slightly lower ratings the show got last night for endlessly teasing it and then refusing to show the good parts.

Here’s the footage that made news last summer:

And here’s the sanitized version that aired on Fox last night:

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.