It was reported Friday in this article that 9 American Idol former contestants were planning to sue the show for calling out there criminal history because they are African American. Although the lawsuit still may happen, according to TMZ, 4 American Idol contestants, 2 of which are African American came forward saying the show is a lot of things but it is not racist.
In fact, Melinda Doolittle who is African American and a Season 6 finalist was one who came forward saying she was shocked by these allegations. She says American Idol does their best to champion everyone no matter their race. However, she also informs TMZ that the show does let everyone know not to hold anything back, including their criminal history and if they do and the show finds out when they do the background check, they will be disqualified.
Vonzell Solomon, another African American finalist of the show came forward and remarked that she didn’t experience any racism and the contract was clear in that if they lied about their past they would be disqualified.
Casey Abrams, Idol finalist for Season 10 and Taylor Hicks who won Season 5 also agree. Casey said he doesn’t know why they are acting this way. He says they beat a lot of people who wanted to also be on the show. He also claims that Idol may be picky with who they choose but they are not racist.
Taylor Hicks agrees and said that American Idol is for everyone no matter who they are and not once did he see any discrimination against anyone. He said it is all about the votes.
There you have it! One American Idol winner and three finalists are slamming these allegations of racism.