I can’t help falling in love with this awful X Factor New Zealand audition

An X Factor New Zealand auditioner delivered a horrific and hilarious performance that may not be worst audition ever on a signing competition, as some suggest, but it is quite memorable.

Because supermarket employee Mitchell Wahl’s pre-audition interview comes across like an obvious put-on, I was expecting a Susan Boyle moment, though in reverse.

You must just watch the audition, but I will preface it with this: Nothing prepared me for what would actually come out of his mouth when he started to sing Elvis Presley’s “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You.” I think I want it as my ringtone.

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.