Reality TV alumni’s awesome airline safety video

United Airlines has produced a new safety video, following the trend of airlines making their safety demonstrations entertaining instead of ignorable. The video is a lot of fun, but it made me think of Virgin America’s video, which is truly awesome. It debuted on the airline’s planes late last year, and is produced by and stars lots of reality TV alumni.

American Idol semi-finalist Todrick Hall wrote the song and lyrics, while Emmy-nominated So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Christopher Scott created the dances along with Jamal Sims, who has appeared as a judge on RuPaul’s Drag U and choreographed on Dancing with the Stars and RuPaul’s Drag Race. The video was directed by Jon M. Chu.

There are 10 So You Think You Can Dance alumni among the 36 dancers in the video, and Virgin America’s creative director said in the airline’s announcement that the video includes “some of the best and brightest music and dancing talent.” Their talent and skill is definitely on display.

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.