vote was the closest in Idol’s history; was it because of a power outage, racism?

vote was the closest in Idol’s history; was it because of a power outage, racism?
The shocking American Idol 3 vote that showed Jennifer Hudson the door was the closest vote in the show’s history, Reuters reports. So why was it so close and so shocking (to everyone except Jennifer)? Extra speculates “that storms in the Midwest may have played a role in the show’s outcome. More than 15,000 fans from Jennifer’s hometown of Chicago were unable to watch or vote because of a power outage. But the show’s producers say there is nothing they can do.” Meanwhile, The New York Post reports that it “was deluged with calls complaining that the voting was racially motivated since the three woman with the fewest votes were black.” E! Online summarizes some of the other (conspiracy) theories, ranging from computer hackers to prejudice against Fantasia because she’s a young single mother (her daughter was on stage Tuesday).

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.