paid audience was told Superstar USA contestants were terminally ill patients.

paid audience was told Superstar USA contestants were terminally ill patients.
Monday’s Superstar USA will show talent-free contestants in a singing contest advanced while those with skill will be booted. The show also features an audience that was paid to be there. Still, at least one producer was worried that advancing the worst singers would bring out true reactions from the audience. So, they were told that the contestants were terminally ill representatives of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. A statement from the show’s production company said, “One of the producers ad-libbed something to the audience–who had been paid to be there–that may have offended someone in the audience, and for that we sincerely apologize.” The seven-episode series debuts Monday and Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.

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