August 30, 2006 11:40 PM by Joe Blackmon
American Idol had its Chris Daughtry, now Rock Star Supernova has its Ryan Star. Ryan Star’s elimination is proving to be so controversial that his fans are turning to the Internet in massive numbers to express their outrage and demand a do over. Just like with Chris Daughtry, there is a voting controversy. Several Reality TV Magazine readers have commented about a problem with the online voting system at Rockstar.MSN.com.
The official Rock Star Supernova message board is also filled with complaints from fans claiming that the online voting system was down for an hour or more after the performance show ended. Some fans claim that the voting was not working for any of the contestants, while other fans claim that they only received error messages when attempting to vote for Ryan Star. When American Idol showed the wrong phone numbers for some contestants, Fox had the first ever American Idol re-vote. Because the online voting malfunction could have affected the outcome of Rock Star Supernova, many fans are now demanding a re-vote for Rock Star.
The voting problems were apparently so widespread that Dave Navarro mentioned the problems on his blog. Before the results show even aired, Dave Navarro posted “I have nothing to do with MSN!!! Don’t know what to tell ya! I’ll know more when I get to work tomorrow about the voting fiasco.” In a follow-up post, Dave Navarro addressed the controversy for a second time writing “As for the voting issue. This is MY site. It is not an offshoot of MSN. You got a problem with voting? Take it there. Write to them. I host this, pay for it and update it myself. As I said before…I don’t know what the problem is.”
Another complaint circulating among fans has nothing to do with the voting malfunctions but alleges the judges made an unfair decision just because they wanted to look politically correct. Ryan Star was up against the only two females remaining on the show. Even though Gilby Clarke said Dilana was lost in the middle of her song and criticized Storm Large for not showing any growth in her performances, neither Dilana nor Storm was eliminated.
Even though Gilby Clarke praised Ryan Star for getting a great audience reception and Tommy Lee raved about how far Ryan had come in the competition, Ryan got the hatchet anyway. Based on the judges feedback, Ryan Star’s elimination really didn’t make any sense for many fans other than that Supernova didn’t want to look sexist by eliminating one of the only two women left in the competition.
Regardless of if a voting malfunction or just poor decisionmaking by Supernova led to Ryan Star’s demise, Ryan’s fans are united in demanding his return to the show. Will CBS give Ryan Star another shot and bring him back? A technical malfunction during a recent head of household competition on the CBS reality show Big Brother resulted in a do over for the competition, so it is not out of question that a voting malfunction might result in a Rock Star do over.