Take this one with a grain of salt. But this is one of those great cultural questions that has to be asked.
I know its an illness but I was one of those sucked into watching the American Idol Season Four Finale on Fox last night. Not so much because I cared whether Carrie or Bo won but because I actually got sucked in early and have enjoyed most of the season for what it was, entertaining non-violent entertainment.
Also, as a singer, there was a certain amount of vicarious pleasure in watching the week to week progress of the hopefuls and seeing the surprising improvement that some of them would show.
If your care you know who won, if you don’t I won’t bore you. The interesting thing to me is that through a fluke I had posted a file on my blog about the votefortheworst.com website that had hoped to skew the results for Fox and stick them with the worst singer by “Picking” the worst singer in advance and telling those interested in who they should vote for to make sure that person stayed on, hopefully to the end.
Fox got that website killed for using its graphics, not for why it was really annoyed, as one of the lesser singers beat out one of the better singers in a show “Shocker” one week. Since that was gone, the day of the finale, those contemplating voting badly looked for the site which was missing, those who used AOL to do so found my blog as the second on AOL’s listing and clicked on it, since the main site didn’t work.
This made my hit rate skyrocket. Not hard to do. The Straight Dope I’m Not. If you listen to my wife - Dope - maybe. But suddenly I was for me, in hit heaven.
So I wrote a few more posts hoping to cache in on the trend. Watched the show. Had a good time. George Benson was hot. Then went, something I have never done, to the American Idol Forum to see the reaction.
NOT for the weak of heart. Wailing, moaning, flaming, accusations left and right, the Fox board monitors were kept up all night just to delete the really nasty ones ASAP. It was more dramatic than some of reality television this fall.
But one of the post series that was deleted several times and then stopped being deleted was intriguing. It suggested, and offered evidence, that American Idol Producer Simon Fuller (Not Simon Cowel the panel member that the audience loves to have - though I have wondered if they were the same person) gave an interview to a British News Outlet that Appeared on Sunday naming Carrie Underwood the Winner of American Idol in print, TWO DAYS before she actually won.
The message board then showed the links to the Goggle Cache Page showing the Story before it was pulled, a link to the the newspaper showing the stories on Sunday 5/22 still unpulled, which when you clicked it shows that this page has dissappeared. [Note: Fox has since deleted that entire discussion from its message boards. Wonder why they feel threatened enough to bother to do this?]
So consipracy fans. Is this fact or fixation? I am not a techie. Can the Google cache be hacked? Does Simon Fuller have some 'splainin to do?
Go to my blog for the links to the stories: http://thepeterfiles.blogspot.com/2005/05/american-idol-results-fixed-say-it_26.html
that is presuming that the whole idea has not bored you to tears paragraphs ago.
The idea that Fox’s Golden Chicken, American Idol is actually a modified form of professional wrestling is a fascinating one. Could they really be so stupid though as to release the results to the press before the day of the vote? :smack:
This is clearly a mission in keeping with the Straight Dope’s quest to Fight Ignorance. I just hope that I am not the guilty party here!!! :eek:
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P.S. In the interest of full disclosure I do still want Idol to stop the Ageist practice of haveing an age limit for auditioning, but that has nothing to do with my posting this message. I just find the idea that the fix might be in on something THIS big to fascinating to put down and put it out there for those more well versed in chasing down this kind of information to examine.