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American Idol Getting Bashed As “Fake”

May 5, 2008 Comments off

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.

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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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Paula Abdul’s Gaffe Sends Ratings Tanking Further

May 3, 2008 Comments off

The television show American Idol has been experiencing a ratings slide. The show that once pulled in 33 million viewers, is down to 22 million per week this year.

After Paula Abdul’s gaffe a few days ago, they lost over 1 million more viewers:

“Idol” slide continues after judge mix-up
Fri May 2, 2008 4:07am EDT

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – A night after Tuesday’s much-discussed on-air blunder by “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul, the results show of the talent show lost 1.2 million viewers from the previous week.

With “Idol” (22.1 million viewers vs. 23.3 million) already having dropped in nearly every episode in recent weeks, however, that means the reality show has once again hit a five-year low. A year ago, the show averaged 29 million viewers.

On Tuesday’s episode, a last-minute procedural change resulted in the judges critiquing contestants’ first round of performances instead of waiting until the end of the second round. Abdul gave a negative review of contestant Jason Castro’s two songs.

The only problem: Castro had sung only one song.

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ENTERTAINMENT Paula Abdul’s Blunder Provokes Cries American Idol Is Rigged

May 1, 2008 Comments off

Paula Abdul

The television show American Idol has been faced with one problem after another. Their ratings have taken a major dip this season. Could the nation finally be tired of idolatry.

This week, Paula Abdul caused controversy with comments she made live on the air. Two weeks ago, former contestant, Carmen Rasmusen, told the press the show is rigged. Some called it sour grapes, but others didn’t.

Paula Abdul’s conduct this week is only serving to affirm those claims. A few days ago, live on the air, Paula Abdul, reading from a card, complimented the first performance by a contestant, but slammed the second one. There’s just one problem. He only performed one song. As a result, critics and audiences all over the internet are now proclaiming the show is rigged.

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