Is ‘American Idol’ Rigged?

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American IdolThis is a short post about a long topic — too long in so many ways, but galvanizing for some just the same.

And it’s a very simple question, really; can you think of a better way to ask it?

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And it should have a very simple answer, though getting to that answer may take time.

And it may take articles like this one, re: an online chat with AI Now in which Ju’Not Joyner:

came right out and said that the TV talent show is in fact rigged, and that its contracts are unfair to contestants.

“It’s a fixed thing if I ever saw one,” he boldly declared–much to the shock of many naive chatters, who responded with capslocked interjections and frowny-faced emoticons.

….”They pay for our lawyers to negotiate against their lawyer (which is BS),” he said. “They make us COLLECTIVELY choose the lawyer, then they act like it’s in our best interest. Craziest stuff I’ve ever seen. I have a son to feed. I HAD to ask questions and know what I was signing. Plus I write my own songs and I needed to know details…Some folks were like, ‘Just shut up and sign on the dotted line.’ I know better than that…I wasn’t complaining…I was asking basic legal questions. There’s a huge difference between the two.”

I’m not necessarily lending full journalistic validation and credence to a Yahoo Music news report on an online chat about American Idol. But I am suggesting that at 11,361 comments and counting for this one story, there could be a story here about the story, much in the way that the story about the birthers became the story about the birthers.