Well, THIS whole mess just got A LOT more interesting!
We reported a few days back that nine former American Idol contestants have filed a lawsuit together against the reality competition, alleging that they were publicly disqualified from their respective seasons based on their African-American heritage!
But while nobody from Fox or any of the producers of Idol have responded to the claims, it seems as though they won't need to…because various finalists are already speaking up in defense of the show, two of whom are BLACK themselves!
Here are some HIGHlights:
Melinda Doolittle (Season 6):
"It is shocking to see such allegations. In my experience on the show, the 'Idol' team strives to champion everyone, regardless of race. However, each contestant is explicitly told that the withholding of information that may compromise the show or artist, can and will result in immediate disqualification."
Vonzell Solomon (Season 4):
"I didn’t experience any of that [racial discrimination] … all of our contracts were clear about how the background checks worked and that we could be disqualified if we lied about our past."
Casey Abrams (Season 10):
"I don't know why they are biting the hand that fed them. Those guys beat thousands of people who wanted to be on TV. Idol is picky, but I'm not sure about racist."
Taylor Hicks (Season 5):
"American Idol is for everyone. All walks of life go through the show. Not once did I see the show discriminate towards anyone. It’s all about the votes."
Yeah! And as we mentioned before, it's kind of tough to cry "racism" when Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino and Jordin Sparks have all won!
But hey! Excuse the pun, but not everything is always black and white!
There could be more to this story than just what meets the eye!
What do U think? Is American Idol discriminating against contestants?
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