why did Ruben end up in the bottom two, and will it happen again?

why did Ruben end up in the bottom two, and will it happen again?
Ruben Studdard’s shocking second-to-last finish on last week’s American Idol 2 has been blamed on everything from racism to apathy. The Chicago Sun-Times Phil Rosenthal looks at the possibilities, and says the race factor “cannot be dismissed entirely” but says “[t]he most likely scenario is that fans of Studdard” didn’t vote because they were “so confident of their man’s victory.” Ultimately, Rosenthal concludes that “it’s practically built into the ‘Idol’ system that a loss doesn’t necessarily reflect true public opinion. The producers (and sponsor AT&T) all but encourage ballot-box stuffing, most weeks announcing a vote total that exceeds the number of viewers.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.