Ju'Not Joyner says American Idol is fixed
If you recall enough American Idol to remember who Ju'Not Joyner is, then you won't be surprised to hear that he ragged on the show and its producers during an online chat with AI Now this week. Like saying "It's a fixed thing if I ever saw one" is news.
Yahoo! Music recounts how Joyner, who was cut from the competition as a semifinalist during Season 8, joined other non-Idols like Kendall Beard and Felicia Barton for the chat, but only Ju'Not was vocal about the show being rigged.
"Idol ain't all it is cracked up to be ... It's certainly not the fairytale most think it is," he typed. "They make us COLLECTIVELY choose the lawyer, then they act like it's in our best interest. Craziest stuff I've ever seen. I have a son to feed. I HAD to ask questions and know what I was signing. ... Some folks were like, 'Just shut up and sign on the dotted line.' I know better than that."
He goes on to say he was kicked off the show because of his supposed troublemaking, and that's why he didn't make the Wild Card show, despite positive comments from the judges.
"What I mean is that people think AI is a talent show," he wrote. "No. It's a reality show with writers!! We're all actors. All these shows have writers that guide the public opinion. The Hills, Real World. All of them. ... Do you think a billion-dollar enterprise is subject to the whim of the public?"
Well, no, but then we don't pretend that the state of pop music is reflective of what society should strive to be. And we don't have a new album coming out this winter, like Ju'Not does. Either way, faithful Juice*heads know Idol is not high on our TiVo queues.