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Old 04-27-2004, 05:11 PM   #1
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American Idol voting is Racist...

so says elton john
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Tell Ruben that....
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on what grounds?
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the fact that the three lowest vote totals were the three more talented african american singers
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Well if you can't believe in American Idol, really, what can you believe in?
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Wednesday April 28, 04:18 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - British Rock star Elton John, a guest judge this month on the U.S. talent hunt TV series "American Idol," said on Tuesday that he found the voting by the national viewing audience "incredibly racist."

John, who heard the wannabe pop stars perform his songs during an appearance on the FOX TV show, added his voice to a chorus of dissent that followed last week's shock exit of black vocalist Jennifer Hudson, considered one of the top talents among those vying for a recording contract.

"The three people I was really impressed with, and they just happened to be black, young female singers, and they all seem to be landing in the bottom three," said John, commenting on the tally in which the lowest vote-getter is eliminated.[/Q]

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Well if you can't believe in American Idol, really, what can you believe in?
michael moore? george bush?
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I love Elton John.

Yes, I have diverse taste in music. So what?
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Well, I have no idea why that kid John, a talentless hack extraordinaire is still there. It baffles the mind.

But I don't think there is racism involved. I just think that the three girls were splitting the votes - that is, the demographic which enjoys the singing style (belting diva) probably could find something to like in all of them, and therefore they'd either split votes or assume they are safe since they are the best the show's got.
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I admit it was an upset, but there are a lot of factors that go into this. What else was on TV that night, what's the demographic watching, do they split the vote, how many hometown supporters does everyone have...let's face it, it's not solely based on talent.

What pisses me off that the only one representing the pale white red headed population of this world(which I happen to fall into) sucks.
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I love Elton John too....saqw Billy Joel and Elton two years ago with my bride.....

What does that have to do with anything?


Anitram....awesome take on it.
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michael moore? george bush?
I wouldn't trust either of them.

Moore would make a lousy president.

Bush would make a lousy film maker.

I am sure the are both lousy singers and would never win American Idol.
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What pisses me off that the only one representing the pale white red headed population of this world(which I happen to fall into) sucks.

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I wouldn't trust either of them.

Moore would make a lousy president.

Bush would make a lousy film maker.

I am sure the are both lousy singers and would never win American Idol.
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saqw Billy Joel and Elton two years ago
I'm officially jealous. I bet that was an amazing concert!
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I was tempted for a split second to think it might have been race related but Jennifer Hudson herself believes it could have been due to the fact that people just assumed the 3 divas already had enough votes and didn't bother voting for them

There was also a big power outage in Chicago (Jennifer's home town) on vote night...the show says it wouldn't have mattered but who knows.

I think John is a no talent joke who knows himself that he shouldn't be there but with him, you have the teenage girl vote...probably JPL lovers who have transfered their votes to John.
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I'm officially jealous. I bet that was an amazing concert!
It was AWESOME!!!!!!
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I do not think racism was involved, either. The big problem is in the way the voting's set up-it should be one vote per person. This whole thing of people being able to vote for two contestants, or one person being able to vote hundreds of times for their favorite, or things along that line, is ridiculous, because then it's not a fair representation of the vote. A person will stick around, not necessarily because they're good, but because one person voted over and over and over and over, and another person who was much better will leave because their fans only voted once...that's seriously messed up and unfair to the contestants.

And then of course there's other factors, too. I just talked to a girl at another board who said that the reason she was voting for John Stevens was because JPL left (she's also voting for Diana tonight, too). That's a really dumb reason to vote for someone, just like voting for someone simply because they're cute, or because they remind you of a person from the previous year's show, or whatever other reasons people use to vote aside from talent, is dumb.

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I think John is a no talent joke who knows himself that he shouldn't be there but with him, you have the teenage girl vote...probably JPL lovers who have transfered their votes to John.
I don't think he has the teenage girl vote at all. I think he has the 70+ grandma vote.

Jennifer's attitude sucked--I couldn't stand her. She should have been booted a long time ago. It's about a lot more than who has the most powerful voice, it's the whole package (I can't believe I said 'package' in relation to humans but that's how the corporate music machine operates )
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