After ‘American Idol’ Top 10 Controversy, Fans Accuse Voters of Being Prejudice
After America chose the Top 10 contestants on American Idol, fans of the series called out voters for being racist and homophobic on Twitter. Viewers at home quickly realized that all six of the contestants who were chosen by voters to advance to the Top 10 were white, straight performers — and many of them think it was not a coincidence. Fans were so outraged, that they took to social media to accuse the majority of voters of being prejudice due to the lack of diversity in their picks. Watch the video above to see angry fan tweets!
The singers who did get voted through into the Top 10 are Maddie Poppe, Cade Foehner, Gabby Barrett, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Michael J. Woodard, and Catie Turner. That left the eight remaining contestants scrambling to perform for judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan in the hopes that they would earn one of the last four remaining spots.
Jurnee, who is an openly lesbian woman of color, wowed all three judges with her peformance of "Never Enough" from The Greatest Showman, which earned her a spot in the Top 10. Adam Sanders — who performs under the drag queen alter ego, Ada Vox — sang a rousing rendition of "And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going" by Jennifer Holliday, which prompted Katy to stand up from her chair and take off her earrings — showing the audience that she was ready to fight for Ada's right to stay in the competition.
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I did it #Voxies #Top10 Make sure that you all vote if y'all want me to continue in the competition! I barely made it.this time. I really need your help as we continue on this journey. I love you all so, so much and I couldn't be happier to be here. My dreams are coming true one step at a time
"I don't know everything. I've got a lot to learn," Katy said. "But I have worked my butt off for 10 years in the spotlight. And these gentlemen on my side — I think we do know talent when we see it. We would like to make an executive decision right now that Ada…" she trailed off as she gestured for Ada to take a seat with the rest of the Top 10 contestants on the stage.
But even though the judges chose Jurnee and Ada to advance to the Top 10, their journey isn't over yet. Fans will have to tune in this week to find out if they'll make it through the next round of eliminations.