'American Idol' Producer Admits: We Know Voting Isn't Fair To Girls, So We Might Change System!

Wed, April 20, 2011 4:29pm EDT by 4 Comments
Courtesy of Fox

Ken Warwick, the executive producer of American Idol, acknowledges the show’s voting has been skewed this year due to a high number of female voters and he is looking into changing the voting system!

Is American Idol becoming a boys’ club? With many fans still reeling from Pia Toscano‘s shocking elimination and only two female contestants remaining on this season of American Idol, it’s a real possibility. Ken Warwick, the executive producer of American Idol, realizes there may need to be a change in the voting system for Season 11 in order to keep more girls in the competition.

“It’s no secret that most reality shows are female driven, either by mums or by young girls…We are very much aware that the voting can be skewed towards the boys,” Ken explained during a press teleconference April 20. “It’s something we’re going to have a long discussion about once we finish this [season].”

This year, American Idol allowed online voting for the first time. Ken told reporters it is possible that they will limit number of votes that person cast online or by text next year.

“We change the voting system slightly next year. Maybe we limit the number of SMS votes or the number of online votes, but it will remain the way it is for the rest of this [season],” he revealed. “It’s the public that vote and that’s the end of it and that’s what the show’s all about.”

Another possibility to keep female contestants in the competition is to allow judges to give scores to contestants similar to Dancing with the Stars. However, Ken claims that is only one idea on the table and no firm decisions have been made.

Do you think American Idol needs to change its voting system? Sound off below!

Stephanie Wenger

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R Whelan

Posted at 10:15 PM on May 9, 2012  

The judges seem to be driving or steering the voters. Perhaps when it comes down to the final 5, they should just put duct tape over their mouths and let America decide!

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ghrtt3

Posted at 11:33 AM on April 21, 2011  

Champions Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks will all be surprised to find out they are male. Along with runner ups Diana DeGarmo, Katherine McPhee, and Crystal Bowersox.

So they want to rig it to keep a girl even if the guy is better and received more votes?

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Xmasdvd

Posted at 7:18 PM on April 20, 2011  

They said they want to add a judges vote and keep it fair, but adding the judges vote is NOT fair. You made it the voice of the people and then when the people don’t vote as you like it, you decide to change it up to make it what you want Why bother with the viewers votes and just let the judges choose who they can make the most $$ from? Stop wasting our time and

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gbtw

Posted at 7:07 PM on April 20, 2011  

the women/girls get screwed. this is nothing new. but the great ones still win (clarkson, underwood, et al.). and the losers still get far along enough to be seen/heard by studios and go on to have great careers (hudson). so, you know, i think they should just leave it be. maybe limit the votes one person can give, or one “source” (one phone number, one email address, whatever), but, i don’t think it should go down the DWTS path. the show has always been about popularity, and if the teen girls want to vote for the boys, that’s life.

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