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American Idol Lawsuit: Former Contestants Deny Allegations Of Racism!

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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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10 comments to “American Idol Lawsuit: Former Contestants Deny Allegations Of Racism!”

  1. Kiley says – reply to this


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    Taylor Hicks was not from Season 2…

  2. Danny says – reply to this


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    Re: Kiley – season 5 actually, the winner lol

  3. Christy says – reply to this


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    I KNOW they were not racist during the first few seasons especially. Corey Clarke was kicked off the show because info about his past arrest beating up his sister was released. He was removed rightfully so.
    They are not allowed to withhold information like that. So many people from all walks of life go on that show and many many black contestants.

    I am black btw.

  4. Derre says – reply to this


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    RUBEN WAS SEASON 2 U IDIOT GET UR FACTS STRAIGHT NO WONDER THIS WEBSITE IS GOING TO THE SHITS

  5. Sarah says – reply to this


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    This Is BULLSHIT! if you look at this Season you can't say anything about Racism, you have 3 judges that are black & one white, if anything is racist, it would be this is season. I thought very seriously about not watching American Idol season. Because it wasn't fair

  6. Nekkiiee says – reply to this


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    wtf this is stupid!?

  7. gloria Honaker says – reply to this


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    Why do people alllways want to Sue…its a shame

  8. rockpunk says – reply to this


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    black people are al;ways playing the race card, what else is new? oh and sarah- mariah is mainly white, only 25 % black n 25% hispanic



  9. 9

    Hey, the race card is SO 2000, get over it. People are sick of it now and will have no sympathy at all for you including me.



  10. 10

    It's that Corey Clark dude that got kicked off for lying about his criminal history and got booted off. Ever since, he is been trying to stir up Idol drama. I am sure his is the ring leader of this current circus.