Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 13344
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2019/04/22 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2004/4/23 [Politics/Domestic/California] UID:13344 Activity:nil
4/23    American Idol: Racism or not?
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LOS ANGELES, California AP - Theories flew fast and furious Thursday after the American Idol viewer vote went against favorite Jennifer Hudson, ranging from racism to fateful weather to teenage puppy love. While Hudson and two other singers lavishly praised by the shows judges ended up at the bottom of the heap Wednesday night, contestants who gave marginal performances were top vote-getters. Hudson, Fantasia Barrino and La Toya London - The Three Divas, as theyve become known - seemed to have the best shot at taking the Fox TV contest. But they were less popular than their competition, including redheaded crooner John Stevens, a 16-year-old whose highest compliment from the judges was that he was a nice guy. You cannot let talent like this slip through the cracks, he said after results were announced Wednesday. Series judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul play an advisory role after helping winnow down the field of 70,000 applicants to 32 semi-finalists and then, with viewers, to 12 finalists. A storm that caused a power outage in the Midwest may have been a factor in Hudsons ouster, TV entertainment newsmagazine Extra said Thursday. More than 15,000 people in Hudsons hometown of Chicago were unable to watch the show or dial in Tuesday night, when the vote turned out to be the closest in the shows three-year history, Extra said. Jackson, who said losing Hudson was nuts, told Extra he thought the outage could have been a problem but it wasnt enough to alter the outcome. Fox didnt release the viewer vote count this week, but about 24 million votes were recorded last week. It simply seems inconceivable that the Idol results would turn out this way, Sam Rubin, an entertainment reporter with local station KTLA, said on the air. You would almost expect boxing promoter Don King to replace Ryan, it looked so fixed. American Idol is telling the world that John actually got more votes than Jennifer, one outraged fan wrote in a Web site posting. George Huff, still in the competition, is black, as was last years winner, Ruben Studdard. American Idol, unlike other reality shows featuring competition, is more popular in black homes than white homes. For the current season, the show was watched in 19 percent of all black households, compared to 15 percent of white households, according to Nielsen Media Research. Questions of racism also came up in the first season, after talented Tamyra Gray was voted off. A call to Fox for comment on this weeks vote was not immediately returned. One online posting compared the contest results to Academy Award voting. It is the same in years when someone wins an Oscar because three better films split the votes. The three ladies more than likely have people voting along the same demographic and that splits their vote, the message said. Internet chatter included speculation that the female teen audience the show attracts in big numbers was skewing the vote toward the male contestants, Huff and Stevens. Thats what you get when America votes, another online message proclaimed. As proven with last nights results, you can never assume that any contestant is safe, said American Idol executive producer Ken Warwick. Its imperative that viewers vote for their favorite idol every week. For the contestants, a recording contract and instant career are at stake. But the show has produced winners among those who didnt finish first: Last seasons runner-up, Clay Aiken, has outsold Studdard, while third-place finisher Kimberley Locke has an upcoming album.