January 28, 2013 12:00 PM by Lisa Princ
Nine former contestants of American Idol have recently come out alleging that the show is racist, even threatening to sue. We recently heard from one former black contestant, Jacob Lusk, who said the show is “definitely not racist,” and now, more alumni are coming out of the woodwork to defend the hit singing competition. Who else is calling the allegations nonsense?
Jacob Lusk is not the only former American Idol contestant to come out and stand up for the show after claims that the singing competition is racist to its black contestants. Two more black alumni are speaking out to discredit the accusations.
Season six finalist, Melinda Doolittle spoke to TMZ recently and told them: “It is shocking to see such allegations. In my experience on the show, the Idol team strives to champion everyone, regardless of race. However, each contestant is explicitly told that the withholding of information that may compromise the show or artist, can and will result in immediate disqualification.”
Backing Melinda up about the lack of racism was season four finalist, Vonzell Solomon, who told the site: “I didn’t experience any of that (racial discrimination)…all of our contracts were clear about how the background checks worked and that we could be disqualified if we lied about our past.”
But it’s not just black alumni coming out to defend the show. Season ten’s Casey Abrams told TMZ: “I don’t know why they are biting the hand that fed them. Those guys beat thousands of people who wanted to be on TV. Idol is picky, but I’m not sure about racist.”
Meanwhile, season five winner, Taylor Hicks shared Abrams’ sentiment, adding: “American Idol is for everyone. All walks of life go through the show. Not once did I see the show discriminate towards anyone. It’s all about the votes.”
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