Winning Is It Fair?

@Fishmomma (11508)
United States
April 11, 2008 12:33pm CST
Every year I see people complaining about the results of a show. I watched the first season of Survivor and certainly thought the wrong person won and then he failed to report his earnings, so served time for not reporting it. We have seen several years that the winner didn't go on to sell the most record albums and it certainly looks like the viewers that voted made a mistake. Do you think the winner of American Idol will be the person that can earn the most money or should it be a popularity contest? I watch Dancing With The Stars and sure have had to endure many weeks of people that win the popular vote and somebody goes home that danced better. Are people getting to vote to many times? Should each person just get one vote? I have turned off my television when I can't stand watching somebody win every week that can't perform. What do you think is a good solution to make shows fair?
4 responses
@Arkadus (899)
• Canada
11 Apr 08
I had a rant about the lack of quality in reality tv but I realized it didn't really answer the question. .
@Fishmomma (11508)
• United States
11 Apr 08
Thank you for making me laugh. I'm always glad to see people do understand its a popularity contest. I would never go on one of these shows. I am aware people go on American Idol to help get noticed. Only one person is going to win the show; however, many can get record deals. We have already watched several people not win the show and have successful record deals.
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@Arkadus (899)
• Canada
13 Apr 08
Well that's good then, people with skills should get the chance to do something with them.
@winterose (39921)
• Canada
13 Apr 08
the whole idea is for american idol is that they do become great winners, and believe me stoddard did not but most of them did, kelly clarks, fantasia, that blonde girl country singer, I forget what her name is oh yes carrie underwood, and even the newest one jordan sparks are doing fantastic, they are on their rode to super stardom. They show is about who america wants and I think is wonderful, it give a chance to those the industry would have said no too, a chance because it isn't the big guys deciding it is america
@Fishmomma (11508)
• United States
13 Apr 08
My major problem with American Idol is allowing anyone in the top 10 that really lacks singing ability, which has happened more than once. This means somebody that can sing doesn't get that big chance to be seen week after week by the record companies. I'm not watching this year, so have no idea how good the show is this year. Ruben shouldn't have won that year. The record company let him go, after sales didn't happen. We watched Clay become successful making a lot of money. I agree its good to see America making a choice, but sure question a lot of them. I do think American Idol needs to put a limit on the number of times people can vote.
@minnie_98214 (10574)
• United States
11 Apr 08
I agree one vote would be better or mabey the judge select the two poorest performers and america choices one of them to go home at least than we know the best wont go home.
@Fishmomma (11508)
• United States
11 Apr 08
I like the idea of the judges selecting the poorest performers and we vote off one of them. Right now, the system isn't working on several shows or we wouldn't see so many posts that people are stunned with the results. Thanks for the reply.
@KrisNY (7592)
• United States
17 Apr 08
That is a tough one- I don’t always think the “best person” always wins. But in these “America votes” competitions--- it’s by majority rules. So the winner is who the most people wanted to win. I like the rules that each phone number only gets so many votes- That is a bit more fair! I used to vote on Idol- but stopped when my favorites got ousted. I think ever since “Vote the worse” came out—the competitions became a lot more unfair and fixed.