Unauthorized Idol DVD claims show is rigged

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Feb 5th 2007 4:18PM
American Idol JudgesA new DVD, American Idol: Unauthorized, takes aim at the Idol juggernaut, interviewing fans, critics, experts (in what, I'm not sure), and past contestants in an attempt to dig up and reveal behind-the-scene scandals and scoops.

I haven't viewed the doc, but according to this review, there's quite a bit of sour grapes whining coming from past Idol rejects. Scott Savol (Season 4) claims creative editing made him appear "lazy." Corey Clark (Season 2) whines about not getting a free hairstylist. And Julia Demato (Season 2) complains that some contestants were given more attention from vocal coaches than others.

According to the Unauthorized filmmakers, the entire show is a scam, rigged from the beginning. A popular conspiracy theory alleges that producers pick their favorites and then "jam" the phone lines on contestants they want to block from getting votes.

The film apparently doesn't back up these allegations with any actual proof, but does claim that more than 2,000 viewers have asked the FCC to investigate Idol. It should be noted that the Unauthorized filmmakers did not contact Fox or producer FremantleMedia to respond to these charges of fraud.

While I doubt American Idol is rigged, I'm sure none of us are shocked by the notion that producers manipulate reality for entertainment purposes. This IS Reality TV, after all. Creative editing is what makes it tick. How could Idol contestants not know that? Don't these people realize that in signing up for such a show, they're basically selling their souls to the TV-Devil? Of course, smart producers are going to tweak the drama for all it's worth, manipulate confrontations, and turn ordinary people into TV-ready characters (villains or heroes). Welcome to Hollywood, Baby.

Even my 10-year-old daughter gets this. The other day, she told me she'd never let our family go on WifeSwap because they would turn her into some hideous she-beast for all of America to mock. "Not even for $25,000?" I asked her. "Not for a million dollars," she replied.

There's only one way to avoid being used and abused by Hollywood producers. Stay out of the game. And if you're going to play, take your loss with dignity. And quit your whining.

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Season 5 was definitely rigged. There's no way that each of the final 3 received 1/3 of the votes. Not with so many millions of votes. Elliott should have won, it's a singing competition after all...right?

February 13 2007 at 9:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I watch AI and I have not yet decided if i think that it is rigged, but i highly doubt it. The show is based on talent, and i dont think that the producers of the show would want to change that.

February 13 2007 at 8:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

J.B.B- You're absolutely right. A woman with grey hair, wrinkles, whatever, would NOT win, because society puts too much stock on looks, and not on personality or talent. A recent interview on FOX news with a season 3 runner up explained the first few audition processes as cattle-herding and discrimination, passing by people who were actually very good, but not 'interesting'. They hounded her for some weird special talent, and when she told them she could yoddle, they said that wasn't good enough. Also, it was said that they pick the poor singers because they're for a good laugh. Way to kill self-esteem, and lower the general IQ of the American people. So obviously they're not looking for talent, otherwise Carrie Underwood would have lost.

February 13 2007 at 8:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

c'mon! don't bring the fun of American Idol down by sulking. Sure, it might be manipulative, but it's REALITY T.V people!It's kind of unfair and a little mean, but the terms apply when you sign up. If you think you're good enough to become american idol, what of it to wait a few measley hours outside, or look a bit mean on the camera? Build a bridge, and get over it.

February 13 2007 at 8:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

uh jetersbestbuddy hate to burst ur bubble but mandessa lost not because of her wieght but because she kept singing gospil in pop compitition and because she was bashing homosexuals on her website and pushing her religion like a drug
i myself and a christian but i still feel she was way out of line
its not our place to try and publicly judge others tahts between god and themselves and as for taylor and cat well cat got lucky shes realy good but had a horrible night it shoudla been taylor and chris they were by far the best that season

February 13 2007 at 7:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Whether the AI is rigged or not. It's more of a win - win situation. More and more of the losers are fighting back or somehow getting fame from their orignating state to get recognition. And your state probably will support you just for trying out on AI. You can be an idiot and not know any talent just to get that 2 minute stardom on air. It's more likely that very few people who don't make it past to Hollywood will make headlines elsewhere starting their own career.

So, AI is probably rigged... so what?? But AI gives the opportunity both ways in which the the judges can humiliate you in front of the million viewers but maybe there is a second chance out there just for auditioning "2 minute fame to AI"... Think about it!!!

Season 5 clearly sticked out like a sore thumb when Chris Daughtry got booted over McPhee. People just got shocked! But hey, Chris didn't hurt. I hear his music on the radio. This is reality TV, Drama and guess what? People just love to tune in on the show.

February 13 2007 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think that all this crap about idol is getting old. Yeah it is a reality show and there are some editing but it is mostly real. There have been some great singers to come out of this Kelly Clarkson, Carrie underwood, and Chris Daughtry so it is a good show. People try to find bad in evereything and I don't believe it.

February 13 2007 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tanner P.

You know, I am a HUGE American Idol fan, and I am actually planning on trying out next year, just for the heck of it. Mostly to see how I'd do. But honestly, it would be a let down if American Idol was rigged, however, I see no reason why an investigation would ever even be legal. This is a television show folks. Don't they have the right to 'manipulate' it in any way they feel necessary? Sure, it may be unethical, but an investigation? C'mon. Just because you can't carry a note, you don't have to take it out on American Idol because they told you what all your friends and family has been hiding from you ever since you thought you could sing.

Get over it you cry babies.

February 13 2007 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hmm...I was wondering how NBC was gonna make money during the Idol season, since ratings weren't gonna do it.

Follow the money people...just follow the money...

February 08 2007 at 11:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paulette Aldridge

If you want to know if your vote goes through check your phone bill. It will tell you which contestant they gave your vote to. The number you dialed is on there. Contestant #03 etc. will be the last two digits
Had a friend get hers with three votes for someone she didn't vote for. Becareful when you dial. Then check your bill. Cell

February 07 2007 at 11:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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