"Vote For The Worst," the website that prides itself on bashing reality shows (especially "American Idol"), has picked two contestants to champion from the Top 20, a girl and a guy. Makes sense, at present, because the first "Idol" live shows will pit the Top 10 girls against each other and the Top 10 guys to go at each other, leaving it to the viewing voters to pick five from each group to make the Season 12 Top 10 finalists. So who did "Vote For The Worst" choose?
Apparently two contestants ran away with the voting: Zoanette Johnson for the female side of things and Charlie Askew on the male. "VFTW" posted on March 4 that they had "100% confidence" in the picks. Earlier tabulation in the site's polling showed that Zoanette, whose onstage antics have proven captivating to the "American Idol" judges but hilarious and jab-worthy by "VFTW" and its followers, scored a remarkable 91 percent of the vote (1,685 votes in all). In fact, her nearest competitor was Tenna Torres, who got a whopping 2 percent of the vote (and only 42 votes overall).
The guys had a little closer contest, but Charlie Askew, the self-described "socially awkward" contender, still ran away with the votes, posting 55 percent of all votes (980 votes). Only Lazaro Arbos came close, and he still had less than half Charlie's total (23 percent, 410 votes).
It will be interesting to see if "VFTW" can help get their first picks into the Top 10. They've done it before. Remember Sanjaya Malakar? He is the site's claim to fame, their votes (and probably a few tearful little girls' votes as well) helping push the marginally talented guy all the way to seventh place before he got the collective axe in Season 6. He was also voted their No. 1 worst "Worster" in May 2010. The site has also championed a few other top-finishers, like Tim Urban (seventh place, Season 9) and Megan Joy (ninth place, Season 8).
Still, even if you don't particularly care for "American Idol" or think voting for the worst contestant is a worthwhile dig at reality show franchise, "Vote For The Worst" is a good read, especially if you like snarky humor taken at the expense of others (read: Daniel Tosh, Jeff Ross, Anthony Jeselnik). Unfortunately for those who like the slant taken by "VFTW," they've announced that they're tired of the predictable awfulness of "American Idol" and have decided that Season 12 will be their last.
“We helped kill American Idol, but even more so, American Idol helped kill itself by refusing to stay relevant," founder Dave Della Terza posted in January, announcing that the site would close down at the end of Season 12.
But until then, there's Zoanette Johnson and Charlie Askew to support, so...