April 11, 2008 01:01 AM by Joe Reality
Over the years, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest has often come up with some very twisted and shocking ways to reveal which contestants has been eliminated on American Idol. With the American Idol results show running an entire hour, it’s Seacrest’s job to keep the show lively and interesting.
However, many American Idol fans are outraged over Ryan Seacrest’s comments during the elimination of Idol finalist Michael Johns. In what could be Seacrest’s cruelest tease ever on American Idol, he said, “That means Michael has the lowest number of votes this week. Now, last year during Idol Gives Back, we didn’t eliminate anybody at this stage of the competition.”
After the camera cut in on the face of a surprised Michael Johns turning to give Seacrest a hopeful look, Seacrest continued, “Tonight, we’re going to say goodbye to Michael Johns.” Many American Idol fans immediately turned to the American Idol message boards to express both their surprise over Michael Johns elimination and their anger over the way Seacrest delivered the results.
As with any shocking elimination on American Idol, there are plenty of cries of conspiracy and demands for a recount. Conspiracy theories range from fans not voting because they didn’t think there would be an elimination during Idol Gives Back week to American Idol producers scripting the outcome to boost ratings with a shocker elimination.
However, many fans are just as upset over the way the elimination was handled as the elimination itself. A common theme of complaints is that making Michael Johns think he might have a chance of continuing on the show was cruel and inappropriate, especially considering it came in a week where Idol was promoting charity and giving.
At least Michael Johns can take solace in the fact that going in a shocking elimination on American Idol can often be just as good as winning. Both Jennifer Hudson and Chris Daughtry went on to very successful careers after what many fans considered to be early exits from American Idol.
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