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Rogue American Idol Fans Vote for the “Worst” Singers

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Once again, we’ve reached that point in the American Idol competition where the voting trends seem to defy all logic and reason.

From a relatively objective point of view, two excellent singers, Nadia Turner and Anwar Robinson, have been sent home, and two mediocre (at best) singers still remain among the top six contestants. Some fans of the show are up in arms, unable to cope with the fact that we’ll be subjected to at least one more week of the song stylings of Anthony Fedorov and Scott Savol. In particular, Mr. Savol seems to have struck a negative chord with many viewers.

Last season, we were in a similar situation, with crooner John Stevens and the pretty-but-vapid Jasmine Trias inexplicably outlasting far more talented performers like Jennifer Hudson.

Much print has been devoted to the voting dynamics of the show, but it seems that something is happening that the show’s producers probably weren’t counting on: some fans are purposely voting for the singer whom they deem to be the “worst.”

Witness the web site “Vote For The Worst,” with it’s tongue-in-cheek mission statement:

This show is not about finding the next big superstar. Your favorite contestant probably won’t win, and will probably get a record contract anyway if they’re good enough. LaToya London had an amazing voice last season and she didn’t make it past 4th place. Fantasia won the competition and her record sales are dismal because 19 Entertainment barely even promotes her. What a great “prize”.

TV is supposed to be about the entertainment value, and what’s more entertaining than a fish out of water outlasting the big fish and sharks? This pledge is to keep whoever we’ve selected as the worst competitor in the competition by voting for them for the entire time alotted every week. Even if you live outside of America, tell people about the pledge and spread the word. At the top of this page, we will post a banner with the contestant that we’re supporting. If you so choose, vote along with us and help keep the no talent of the week in the competition.

For the time being, the “Vote For The Worst” crew has thrown their support behind contestant Scott Savol, and quite a few fans seem to be on board.

Now, will these renegade voters actually alter the outcome of the finals? Unlikely. With consistently more than 30 million votes cast each week, and far more in the finals, it would be hard for such an effort to swing the needle once the competition gets down to the final 3-4 competitors. But in earlier weeks, when there are more choices and the voting is closer, it’s somewhat easier for these folks to make a difference. The only real question is how many of the “good” singers will get sent home while the “worst” remain.

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  • http://fan-tasia.net Janice Brown

    I understand the sad state of affairs at AI but I must disagree with you about Fantasia. It has been a long time since 1.3 mil in sales, still in the Top 40 on Billboard Albums, Still Top 10 R&B Albums
    4 songs on Billboard charts (at the same time), 3 on the Hot 100(at the same time), 3 on the R&B 100 The #1 Adult R&B song for 10 weeks in a row from a debut artist was considered dismal.
    By the way Fantasia has had an appearance at least 3 days out of the week at different venues. Will be on Tour in June and July.
    I believe 19E and American Idol are extremely pleased because Fantasia acceptance by the industry greats has given AI the credibility of not just being a reality show that put out cd that loyal fanbases purchase no matter how bad it is. American Idol has been a joke when it came to airplay but now You have an artist that put a cd out that has gained critical acclaim and is breaking records while receiving massive airplay (Check Out Billboard Monitor)

  • Eric Olsen

    great catch on this Scott, thanks! I realize you were just quoting these guys about Fantasia, but I have to agree with Janice that she has been a success thus far. I think she’s here to stay along with Kelly and Clay, not sure about Ruben yet.

  • http://scottpepper.blogspot.com Scott Pepper

    I think it may be early to try to gauge Fantasia’s longevity, but her record sales have not been as strong as those of Kelly, Clay, or Ruben.

    source

  • Eric Olsen

    I think she has made herself pretty specifically “urban,” which may hold down sales at any given point in time but will serve her well in the long haul

  • lashana

    I think Fantasha was the best thing that came out of American Idol.I think she’s going to outlast all the previous American Idol stars.

  • Eric Olsen

    she may Lashana, although Clay’s fan base is, um, fervent

  • TylerNewton

    This isn’t just about that vote for the worst crap you are showing.

    Scott and Eric, do you have a hard time believing that Bo/Carrie/Constantine fans wanted no part of Nadia and Anwar, and thus a portion of their fanbases collectively pooled votes for Scott and Anthony just to make sure Nadia and Anwar went home?

    Not only does it make sense, but it is true. I’ve seen many Bo/Carrie/Constantine fans do it. None of them want their favorite to face Nadia or Anwar in the finals. In fact, none of them wanted those two to be in the final 4, so they came up with a way to get them off in spite of AI not allowing fans to actually vote off people.

    This is no conspiracy theory. This is actually happening in the homes of Bo/Carrie/Constantine fans all across America.

    P.S. Those fans also want no part of Vonzell. That’s why she’ll go home next week. After that the Big 3 can coast to the final 3 because THEN Scott an Anthony will be locks to go home.

  • Pape

    It’s very sad to watch AI now.
    How come Nadia and Anwar went home while Scott, anthony,Bo,Constantine still on the show.
    These four don’t even deserve to be in the last 20.
    I think this year is failure compare to the past.
    Please let’s find another way of voting if not anybody can be American idol.

  • Jz

    There are only 5 including Scott left. It’s true no one can stop people from finding out, but there was a chance that not enough people would find out before the competition was over. You feel like it’s hard to “swing the needle”, but You’ve just greatly reduced that chance by making it searchable world wide when people type “American Idol”, the will see it.

  • http://scottpepper.blogspot.com Scott Pepper

    Jz, hopefully the more people who find out that some viewers are voting for the “worst” singers will encourage more fans to vote for their favorites.

  • http://www.malakajoe.com MalakaJoe

    19 Group’s contract that is given to the AI winner is considered horrible by industry standards. Whoever gets stuck with it is limited in many things they can do.

    Clay Aiken got out of the contract. help your favorite lose and hopefully get out of the contract as well.

    Vote for Scott to save the others.

  • Eric Olsen

    I believe the net result of this approach would be the destruction of the franchise, whic his exactly what the votefortheworst people have in mind

  • http://indemnification.blogspot.com -E

    I don’t think it occurs to that many people to vote for lesser talents in order to promote their favorites. It has never dawned on me to do that (granted one of the few times I have voted was for Clay in the wild card round when he sang Elton John, and more because I’m obsessed with Elton John).

    But at least these folks picked the right one to be “worst.”

  • Mary Edwards

    AI is a popularity contest and not a talent contest. Losing Anwar and Nadia is proof of that. I think the format should be changed to letting the judges have some sort of veto or override vote.

  • Susan

    Vote for the Worst got a letter from Fox, A.I. or other related entity citing intellectual property rights. Vote for the Worst posted the letter on its website from what I understand. The website may have cited freedom of speech. Tonight it is down. Perhaps the service provider received such a letter. Griffinity is also down and I know of one other website that supposedly received such a letter that is also down. There may be others as well.

  • http://nancy@driftinc.com Fed UP with A I

    OK..Who Cares??? Has anyone wondered what the total cash made by Cingular with this text message voting system? 1,000,000 votes = $100,000.If only a small percentage went to feed the homeless, Tsunami relief or the Red Cross I’d feel better about watching mindless adolescents sing horrible songs, and watching Paula dancing at the judges table.

  • http://aol.com Stacy

    American Idol votes are not fair, but life is not fair. Scott is a whole lot better than Constatine was. Bo should go home before Scott or Antony does, expecially since he said that he didn’t care if he stayed or if he went home. Evidently people think that Anthony and Scott can sing if they are in the top 5 but Nadia and Constatine and Anwar went home. Now that someone stupid got Vote for the Worst thing going on, then it is not any more fair than it was before. Personally vote for the worst thing is stupid, if you don’t care or don’t care about the show then don’t watch it and don’t vote. nobody wants your votes if yall are just TRYING to be cute, and by the way yall aren’t achieving.

  • Michael Hopcroft

    Does anyone really believe that a serious muscian who has something to say would show their faces on a glorified talent show? The very concept of American Idol is utterly pathetic and shows just how vapid and pointless American popular music has become.

  • doesnt matter

    all of you need um…whats the word…oh yeah.. LIVES!!!! Stop making idol ur biggest freaking meaning in life; its not important-P.S. THE BEST IDOL SO FAR IS KELLY CLARKSON!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hooded Fang

    You think they’re bad. You should see the guy that have won CANADIAN Idol. As a Canadian Im not proud of these two but hey at least we now know of 2 people that cannot sing for sure. They have possibly had the weirdest singles of any idol in the world. The current one even plays a freaking electric violin. It sounds scary. Then again voting for the worst is truly a Canadian thing. Its nice to see an imitation show meet its fate. Canadian Idol : far worse than anything you’ve ever seen and part of me is sorry for ever telling you about it. On that note look up pics of the first Canadian Idol. He looks like an alien Starbucks barista. My my my its like they got people from the arctic for style consultants

  • donovan hutchison

    i think people need to forget past ishues its not right to bring up old shit when people are trying to change things .as for amerecan idol.it is that one chance for the kids to do this. if i was a contestant that was slandered on news and internet.i would take em to cort quick style. the past is the past. and at cort they would feel me.

  • Eric Olsen

    yes, they would feel you after you passed through the metal detector

  • Leslie

    I refuse to watch any more episodes of AI since Nadia and Anwar were sent home.

    come on Scott and Anthony were more talented?! Yeah right, and I can sing too.

  • Eddie

    I WAS MAD WHEN NADIA WENT HOME, I WAS VERY PLEASED WITH THE FIRST 2 VOTE OFF OF THE SHOW, I CANT STAND THAT NIKO WHERE IN THAT SHOW FOR MORE THAN 2 WEEKS, HE WAS AN AI REJECT! BUT THE WORST OF ALL IS SCOTT, HE IS SO OVERRATED, HE IS A COMUN SINGER, WITH A BAD ATTITUD. HE DONT HAVE ANYTHTING IN HIM THAT MAKE ME WANT TO BUY A CD FROM HIM. HE WENT TO THE SHOW WITH THE SAD STORY ABOUT HIS FATHER AND HIM, AND HIS CINDERELLAISH LIFE, HE PLAYED THAT CARD AND IT WORKED FOR HIM, BUT HE WENT TOO FAR IN THAT SHOW! I LIKE ANTHONY I THINK HE HAVE THE LOOKS, NOT THE BEST VOICE, BUT HE HAVE AT LEAST PART OF THE PACKAGE OF AN IDOL IN A MUSIC INDUSTRY WHERE THE LOOKS SELLS. LETS FACED WE LIKE WHEN WE SEE GOOD LOOKING PEOPLE IN THE COVER OF A CD, AND AT LEAST HE CAN SING.

  • Eric Olsen

    I miss Nadia too, Anwar less so though nothing against him; and I would certainly rank him above Scott and Anthony

  • BOFANALLTHEWAY!!

    All these comments are ridiculous about Bo/Carrie/Con fans not wanting to face Nadia or Anwar!!! I am a true BO fan and ALWAYS voted for Anwar and Nadia too!!! They both were exceptional and I do not agree with them being gone!!! Personally IMO Anwar, Bo, Nadia, Jessica, and Vonzell should have been the top 5!!! Only then would this have been a real competition!!!
    As far as that dumb website VFTW…they were a big joke and nobody with any sense paid any attention to them anyway!!!
    Now with all that being said *GO BO, YOU WILL BE OUR NEXT AMERICAN IDOL*

  • curli1

    Every year there are people that go home way before they should and at least one person that stays WAY too long – that’s just the way it goes, mostly because on the whole the American public doesn’t have good taste.

    But I did want to address the person asking how any real musician could go on a glorified talent show, the answer is simply, for exposure. Just because you are on AI doesn’t mean you don’t have talent, it means you’re looking for a way to break into the biz, a biz that is almost impossible to break into. It doesn’t matter if you’re discovered singing in a local bar in dowtown Detroit, or if you’re discovered on a nationally televised show, if you’ve got the goods, you’ve got the goods – and Kelly and Fantasia both had the goods.

  • Tamina Smith

    I think that Fantasia is very underrated. She is by far the best thing that has came from AI. Her record sells are good and she is in this for the long haul. You can listen to her album from the beginning to the end without skipping a track. She’s like the next Aretha Franklin. Whoever said she couldn’t sing doesn’t have a clue what singing is. Come on now don’t be a hater.

  • http://buznut48 Kim Busby

    If you want to see singers then go to concerts of the real singers or buy the dvd’s of their concert
    if you want to see ai singers live then go to any kareoke bar ai should change it up and make the people play a musical instrument and write their own songs do you think stars like john mellencamp would have got through or avril lavine if we had ai in the 60’s and 70’s we would not have mega stars like neil young or maybe the beatles or crosby stills and nash

  • http://thompson mikey

    the bald headed man should and taylor should leave because he acts goffy when he sings

  • http://ghfh kimmy

    I love kelly pickler and the bald headed guy!!

  • http://blogcritics.org/mt/tb/28460 wild_girl

    yea i would like to say that i dont mind american idol, but when the Idol can vote for them selves that is bull and i cant stand that and one person can vote more than once i dont think thats right. Its just getting getting where i dont even want to watch the show the person i am voting for is chris he is very good the best i ever seen before and he will go far. The person i think is the worst is kelly pickler she needs to go and if she does win she will not make it that far at all thanks!!!!

  • Britty

    Hi Kellie
    I think that Kellie should have won American Idol!!!!!! I started to cry when I heard that Kellie got voted off!!!!! She is the best!!!! I love her so much!!!!!! I think that she was A good singer, she had a great personality and is beutiful!!!!! She rocks!!!!! I think that she is going to have a great career and I think she is going to make a C.D.!!!! Kellie I love you!!!!! I am your biggest fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Crazy

    Hi Katherine
    I love you!!!!!!! You are so cool!!!!! You are such a awesome singer!!!!!! You are totally going to win!!!!!!!! Everyone in my grade practically thinks you are going to win!!!!!!!! I think you are going to have a great Career!!!!! Please make a C.D. so I can buy it!!!!!! You are awesome!!!!!!!! Love you!!!!!

  • Babydoll

    I think that out of all the American Idol contestants this season Chris should be the winner. I can’t believe that he was voted off the show. This contest isn’t about who can sing it is all about how many people you know and that is a shame.

  • http://35 Maddy

    Daniel haung was the worst ever!

  • http://36 Maddy

    Or william haung. I do not Know his name it is either William or Daniel, I do not remember.

  • Alexandra

    BLAKE LAWIS IS DA BALM

  • cassidy

    hi jorden sparks

    i’m cassidy i’m 9 years old i just whant to commplement you on your singing i think it’s fantastick i also whanted to know was it hard being in the bottem 2 with blake

    your biggest fan cassidy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love you cassidy

  • RACHEL

    HI JORDAN SPARKS IM AM 8 YEARS OLD AND I TRYED TO GET TICKETS FOR U AT GREAT AMAIRACA BUT THEY WERE ALL SOLD OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!