Is American Idol Season 7 Rigged?
The website the producers of FOX's monster hit "American Idol" love to hate is reporting that this year's top-50 is filled with failed musical has-beens who already have experience in the recording industry and not average Joes and Janes in an attempt to avoid an embarrassment of Sanjaya-like proportions.
FOX launches the 7th cycle of "American Idol" Tuesday night 8:00-10:00 p.m. with a 2-hour premiere recapping the audition in Philadelphia. Dallas will also be featured in a 2-hour episode, the following night.
After years of growth in the ratings, last year the blockbuster show dipped 1%, although the decline was even more severe in the closing weeks (the overall decline was offset by the strong performance of the audition episodes). The producers blamed the focus on star mentors and the lackluster Top-12 finalists.
In order to avoid a Sanjayalicious fiasco, judge Simon Cowell - who believes the show will again rise in the ratings this year - says this year's group is more charismatic and diverse — in personality, background and singing style.
Of course they are - reports votefortheworst.com - since they are not even remotely undiscovered talent. A large percentage of them are failed singers and entertainers who have already had their shot at fame.
Wasn't "American Idol" supposed to give ordinary people with talent but no experience in music and no connections in the music business a chance to win a recording contract and fulfill their dreams of becoming a superstar?
The website that each year encourages people to vote for the weakest contestant on the show goes on to reveal the names and background details of some of the top-50 contestants who may have gotten preferential treatment due to their background.
"American Idol" is TV's #1 program in the US averaging over 30 million viewers, with audition episodes pulling in anywhere between 35 and 40 million viewers.
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