Conspiracy theories surround ‘American Idol’ voting


NEW YORK CITY—Filipinos around the globe are up in arms: Jessica Sanchez was nearly ousted from “American Idol.”

Jessica Sanchez had to be 'saved' to stay in the contest. Fox Photo.

And whoever said we Filipinos are not a united people? This obsession with Jessica on Idol is fueling a united front never before seen since the Edsa Revolt of 1986.

The outcry ranges from vote manipulation to voter complacency. Filipinos are saying Jessica became a victim of reality show hype after her rendition of “Stuttering” by Jazmine Sullivan did not earn enough votes to keep her in the running. To widespread puzzlement and dismay, she was among the bottom three contestants. Of the three, she had the lowest votes. But to keep her from being eliminated, the three judges moved to “save” her.

Like Kanye with cleavage, judge Jennifer Lopez grabbed the mic and declared, “We are saving her!” Randy Jackson rallied for support saying, “Please save the best!”

To legions of Jessica  followers, it is unthinkable that this fast-rising FilAm musical talent who has consistently wowed the judges and pulled in phenomenal votes would rank lowest of the low. Marketing

executive Adora Penn said she smelled “something fishy.”

“Jessica is for sure the best among the contenders,” said filmmaker Kim Mende Itskov.

GMA News representative on the East Coast Grace Labaguis suggested there may be more to the voting than meets the eye. “Some may not like the idea of her being the ‘favorite’ so they just had to pick another finalist. Let’s face it, Jessica is the strongest and most talented contender for this year’s American Idol,” she said.

There is no shortage of conspiracy theories.

“I think the voting process was rigged,” aesthetician Virgie Potolin put it bluntly.

The episode was choreographed to “raise the ratings and keep the show interesting,” said Mylz Tolentino, a manager at Sprint.

Federal employee Nicky Despi said the show – like many reality TV shows — was attempting to “create drama.”

Psychology professor Kevin Nadal did not discount race as a “huge factor.”

“Many have cited race as a major influence throughout the history of ‘American Idol.’ In fact, African Americans cited race as the main reason Jennifer Hudson was voted off in Season 3,” he said. But if it

was, why did the three judges move to “save” Jessica?

Others blamed it on voter complacency.

“I think we’re being too reliant on others, we slackened off,” said student Gail Banawis from the Bronx. “She’s great, yes. But she needs our votes. We need to vote!”

It could be, said Nadal in agreement, that people simply were “overconfident and didn’t vote.”

“Perhaps this is a call for the FilAm community and other Jessica supporters to step it up and vote if we really want to see her win,” he said further.

At the end of the day, said Nadal, “it’s just a contest.” A contest that he conceded can be powerful for the Filipino American community if Jessica becomes another Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood.

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  • mon

    Isn’t it reinforcing the race issue by calling on the Filam community to strongly support her?  Even if she doesn’t win AI, surely with that great talent she’ll make it big even without the title.

  • Lakan Kildap

    for the love of everything that is holy, she’s an AMERICAN. stop calling her Filipino, it will further alienate her from her countrymen. she needs their votes. kaya siguro vinote down siya kasi panay ang reference sa kanya bilang Pilipino o Mexican.

    stop riding the coattails of foreigners who did good. Jasmine Trias, Dorothy Delasin, heck, even Bruno Mars, now Jessica Sanchez. Kailan tayo magkakasya sa talentong sariling atin, e kay gagaling din naman nung mga homegrown talent natin?

  • mfdo

    the reality is she is American – and filipino style, when somebody gets popular, they are called “FILIPINO” … well, if the voting is rigged etc. etc. why bother to even watch the show ? ah – come on .. China is going to take over the Spratleys and Jessica Sanchez (mexican/filipino/american?) is the bigger news here .. jeezzzzzzzz

  • bryza10

    Another Carrie Underwood? Yes…BECAUSE Charice and other Asian singers are so soooo popular in the states. lol.  Just a matter of time until the Filipinos’ combined and awesome crab mentality kicks in.  They love to see people get elevated to dizzying heights, only to watch and gloat as they come crashing down! Tama? Tama!

  • tony

    Aside from kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Daughtry, the rest of AI winners and finalists have all gone to obscurity. Why? Because they never really had true singing talent – what they had were charisma & lots of friends and relatives who religiously paid for the phone calls every time they voted! Because in reality, AI is not really a talent show; it is a show where it purports to show talent but actually collects a percentage of all proceeds the phone company collects from the callers who call in to vote! Wake up pipol!

  • allandel

    i stopped watching AI until jessica happened. fil-am or fil-mex, she still is a fil. i will not go to as far as saying she is a filipino – maybe before but now no more. one thing sure, i love how she sings.

    • ramsor

      i agreee…we should not make the Race as an issue.  

  • PolarBear

    too much fuss about something that is irrelevant. if you do not want to see someone booted out then vote for that contestant. it’s that simple. where is your common sense?

    • ramsor

      but the irrelevant took you here to write comment:)

  • ramsor

    it was complacency that nearly ousted Jessica from AI…Praises of her talent is not enough…she needs VOTE from her supporters in America  to stay in the contest.  

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