American Idol Getting Bashed As “Fake”
The Bad Publicity That Will Not Go Away
May 5. 2008
People are really laying into the show calling it everything from “fake” to “rigged.” Many are now questioning its future. It’s like watching the franchise evaporate before our very eyes:
Abdul’s Folly Raises Questions of Show’s Authenticity
Some “American Idol” fans and critics are crying foul after judge Paula Abdul said on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show Wednesday that she saw contestant Jason Castro sing during a dress rehearsal and that’s part of the reason she got confused when she critiqued him.
Abdul’s admission, which some argued supports the idea that the show is scripted and that the judges peek at performances before their live debuts, came in response to her Tuesday night blunder in which she evaluated a song Castro hadn’t even sung. Abdul’s folly was the latest in a string of bizarre incidents since she’s been on the show.
Can ‘American Idol’ survive Abdul’s slip?
May 4, 2008 – “American Idol” is a fraud. That’s what people are speculating, after Paula Abdul’s widely talked about “Idol” gaffe on Tuesday night. To which I say, Duh.
Come on, people, we’ve known for years that “Idol” isn’t really a completely democratic music appreciation show. There’s got to be loads of behind-the-scenes manipulation going on. There just hasn’t been that much hard proof.
Tuesday’s bizarre blunder doesn’t constitute concrete evidence either, but it’s as close as we’ve come, and it may be enough to bring things crashing down.
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