It was only a matter of time.
People like to talk about disfranchisement of Florida voters in the 2000 elections.
Al Gore punked out.
Bush became president.
Stacey Stillman, loser in the first season of Survivor, sued CBS claiming that the producers arranged her exit and orchestrated the show’s outcome.
Jim McAllister rigged the vote against Tracy Flick in the movie Election. Tracy cried her poor eyes out, but justice was served. In the end, she got the presidential crown she greatly deserved.
Was Melinda Doolittle a victim of similar skullduggery?
According to Howard 100 news, American Idol lied about the results to get rid of Melinda Doolittle:
The show decided to switch horses at the last minute…Blake Lewis was allegedly scheduled to be told to go home last night, until Idol producers changed their minds. Our source claiming Simon Cowell allegedly said quote “F— Howard Stern,” and added that the Idol result last night would be the opposite of what Howard 100 News reported. All of which might explain the strange subdued mood on American Idol last night.
Not only did they make that allegation, Howard 100 went a step further and purports that in 6 seasons only two American Idol’s have been picked by the viewing public.
The source claims that this season, producers of the show had allegedly decided to go straight, to let viewer votes decide the winner, but panicked when Howard Stern and VotefortheWorst.com backed Sanjaya. The show then reverted back to picking the winner, according to our source. The source claims Sanjaya was running away with the competition, until producers decided to take back control and throw him off the show in spite of Sanjaya’s alleged vote victories.
Yes, it all goes back to Sanjaya.
I told you he was supposed to win!
The story concluded with three sources telling Howard 100 News that Jordin Sparks has long been scheduled to be the winner of American Idol.
Is this just a rumor?
Melinda did seem subdued.
And what about her t-shirt?
It says “Death Cheaters”. Is it a message? Did she really mean “death to the cheaters”? Who are the cheaters she’s referencing? The producers who rigged the vote?
Here’s the shirt in full:
(you can find them here).
Get your conspiracy caps on!
Did American Idol producers rig the results to spite Howard Stern?
Was Melinda Doolittle’s choice of garb a product of knowing she was going to be wronged?
Will producers go with the alleged original plan: Jordin Sparks as YOUR American Idol?
Or, since the cat is out of the bag, will American Idol producers flip the script and have Blake Lewis win?
This is nothing new. Back in the 50’s, Quiz Shows were the rage. Sponsors and producers realized that keeping popular contestants on the show would increase ratings and revenue.
So they rigged the results. When bitter, loser contestants ratted, the ratings dipped.
Congress soon got involved and passed laws regulating game shows. Quiz Shows disappeared for decades, but they’re back. And people are still complaining (for more on Quiz Show scandals, click here.)
Until American Idol releases the results, people will claim it’s rigged. Hell, even if the results were released, people will still claim it’s rigged.
As for me?
I look at that great source of nerd inspiration, The Matrix, for guidance:
“You know, I know this steak doesn’t exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy, and delicious. After nine years, you know what I realize? Ignorance is bliss.”
Like Cypher, instead of raging against an illusionary construct…instead of turning my back on the show…
I’m gonna watch.
Blake and Jordin may not be as juicy and delicious as Cyber’s steak, but watching Blake’s horrid beatboxing and Jordin’s awkward gesturing while screeching through a song, sure as hell beats watching NCIS!
Do you think American Idol is rigged? Does it matter? Would Sanjaya have won?