Is American Idol’s Credibility Shot?

After last night’s shocking elimination, American Idol fans everywhere are buzzing with questions.

Whether it was the unexpected departure of Michael Johns or the seemingly cruel way Ryan Seacrest told Michael that it was the end of the road, it seems fans are starting to question their faith in the show?

We’ve all seen our favorites depart earlier than we like in the past, but I’ve never seen a stunned hush set in on the studio audience like it did Thursday night when Ryan announced Michael’s departure.

For some, it has shaken their very confidence in the validity of the show.  Others just chalk it up to Idol being more of a popularity contest than a talent competition.

To jump on the conspiracy bandwagon, I have to admit that I’ve questioned the voting numbers after my husband pointed out that we never hear anything about the voting being audited by some firm as we did for shows in my youth.

Even if I don’t suspect executive intervention in the results, one can hardly put faith in a voting system that allows doe-eyed teenagers to repeatedly vote via text and phone for their favorite heartthrob for two hours straight.

So is this event just another day in reality show madness or do you feel like the “man behind the curtain” has been exposed?

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15 Responses to Is American Idol’s Credibility Shot?

  1. rcrawford79 says:

    Yeah, it seems every year that the voting becomes quite questionable when the field narrows to 10 contestants. I wonder if producers influance the voting to create the maxium ratings. If so, the show is not reality programing, but purly fiction.

  2. vacelts says:

    I had someone tell me that they tried calling in for Johns for two hours on Tuesday and it was constantly busy. If his line was busy doesn’t that suggest that he would have lots of votes?

    Maybe they don’t have the same number of lines open for each contestant?

  3. mari solera says:

    I AM TOTALLY SHOCKED AND DISMAYED AT RYAN SEACREST’S COMMENTS TO MICHAEL JOHNS AND THE ENTIRE GROUP! WHAT A LOAD OF CROCK…WHY EVEN GO THERE AND REMIND THEM WHAT THEY DID LAST YEAR, UNLESS YOU ARE GOING TO BE CONSISTENT! YEAH…RIGHT….IDOL SURE GAVE BACK….A SECOND TIME IN A ROW…BUT THEY GAVE BACK S–T…! WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT….I HAVE NOT MISSED A SINGLE SEASON…WE ARE A FAMILY OF 3 GENERATIONS AND ALL OF US ENJOY THE SHOW…AND VOTE…BUT NO MORE…WE ARE EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED, RYAN SHOULD APOLOGIZE AND THEN EXIT THE SHOW…WE NO LONGER WANT TO SEE HIS POMPOUS FACE!!

  4. vacelts says:

    mari, I agree the elimination announcement was handled poorly. I was disappointed to see Michael go, but I was more upset about the way it was done.

  5. Cra-Z-4-Music says:

    I was very shocked to see Michael leave the show. My husband and I have questioned whether or not America’s votes really count. I actually missed Michael’s performance on the show that night because I tuned in just a couple of minutes late. I don’t know if that could have had anything to do with it, but it seems strange that so many people are upset and he was never even in the bottom three before for it to be based on America’s votes. For those of you that love Michael’s voice, he recorded a CD with a group called The Rising titled Future Unknown. He was know as Michael Lee at that time. Some of the songs received some airplay, but the CD was never released, however it is now available on iTunes. I bought and love it!! I am hoping Michael has a career in the future. I missed him on the show tonight.

  6. vacelts says:

    Cra-Z-4-Music, thanks for the tip about Michael’s album on itunes.

  7. jane says:

    the judges are not credible, they either underrate or overrate a contestant’s peerformance…

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