Idol has its first-ever all-female top five after neutering its male finalists

No one with a penis remains on American Idol. Having eliminated all its white guys, thereby preventing a repeat of the WGWG winner, the show has now been purged of all its men, giving the show its first-ever all-female top five.

Even though this makes history, it’s no surprise: American Idol and its judges have been pretty transparent about the strength of the women versus the men, predicting that a woman would win even before the season started. Cue the conspiracy theories–or, more appropriately, analysis of the true power the show’s producers have, from casting to pimping. They’re the true idols.

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.