If Fox isn’t careful, it’s going to destroy the American Idol franchise.
Attitudes like this will get Fox nowhere:
Fox said both it and the show’s producers have “gone to great lengths” to ensure the integrity of the voting process.
“While acknowledging that dedicated fans may be unhappy with the outcome, the system only reports the decision of the voting public,” the network said in a statement.
After two controversial votes, the failure of Fox to acknowledge that it’s voting system is flawed and needs to be fixed is the sort of mindless public relations that will turn loyal viewers against the show. No sensible fan is going to want to stick with the show if he knows that the most talented singers are likely to lose.
There is no sensible explanation for why Jennifer Hudson was voted off before John Stevens, and no reason to believe that Jasmine Trias should have survived a week past LaToya London. In fact, when stacked against Trias, George Huff should have made the final four.
But rather than acknowledge the unfairness of its system and promise to reform it, all we get from Fox is a big “everything is hunky dory.”
Fox is in serious denial and in the long run such denial will cost them more than just a few pissed off fans this year. In the long run, it will cause an eroding viewership and a lessened ability to market the “talent” the show uncovers. More descriminating fans — and Idol has a lot of them — aren’t going to put up with an abjectly unfair system.