For years American Idol producers have twisted us into rooting for the ones they WANT to win. And that’s understandable – after all, they make money based on which contestant wins (and even when they don’t win, since they usually sign 2-3 of them every season anyway).
So it’s particularly distressing what is going on with Ricky Braddy. You’ll recall that last week I wrote about how the producers really did Ricky Braddy wrong by NOT featuring him at all this season even though he has an amazing voice. Producers deliberately, for whatever reason, decided not to show him AT ALL during the audition process until they told him he was in – and even then he only got 5 seconds if air time. It’s a travesty and they do it every. single. year.
But you want to know just how awful those people can be? Well, remember during the performance show that his parents were wearing shirts talking about “The Braddy Bunch?” Well, there’s a website that was started using the same name and they got a legal letter from Fremantle Media (who owns American Idol) telling them to cease and desist with their fansite.
According to Joe’s Place Blog, the letter claims that this website mention on the show (Ricky’s mom told Ryan about the website only after Ryan asked her about it in the first place) gives Ricky and unfair advantage over the other contestants.
I’ll let that soak in. And then I’ll let you know that ALL THE OTHER CONTESTANTS HAVE FAN WEBSITES. And to my knowledge, NONE OF THEM GOT CEASE AND DESIST LETTERS. And so how does Ricky Braddy have the unfair advantage with a website that his fans put together? Danny Gokey gets heavily featured in every episode and has multiple fan websites – but that’s not unfair?
It’s ridiculous that Ricky Braddy would get singled out this way, but I guess the producers realized they had a revolt on their hands with the way they treated this kid. But instead of doing the right thing and letting Braddy fans have a great website to support their also-ran (and hopefully still-will-run-as-a-wildcard), they try to squash them and get rid of them so that their precious Gokey can win.
I’ve got nothing against Danny Gokey – he’s a good guy, I feel bad that he lost his wife so young, and I think he’s a fine singer. But on Wednesday night? Ricky Braddy absolutely outsang him but because no one knew who he was, and everyone is on the Gokey train thanks to having it shoved down their collective throats by AI producers, Ricky didn’t have a chance.
I just think it’s ridiculous that Fremantle is now trying to put the squeeze on fans that are upset he got the ouster. So I’ll say this – if Ricky Braddy doesn’t make it into the wildcard slot in a couple weeks, I won’t be watching the show anymore. Because the best man WON’T win this season if Ricky Braddy isn’t in the Top 12. The 2nd best man will win – Danny Gokey.