booted American Idol 4 contestant says lack of air time is to blame for his eviction.

booted American Idol 4 contestant says lack of air time is to blame for his eviction.
One of the four American Idol 4 contestants booted on Wednesday night is “blaming his lack of TV airtime for his low vote count,” according to TV Guide. With a new, intriguing twist on the blame-the-editors argument, Joseph Mureno says that the show didn’t give him the chance to build a fan base. He tells TV Guide,

“It’s a big factor. You perform live and you do your best, but it’s hard to go up against people who have been recruiting followers since January. They were shown during the audition stage when they went to their [houses] and which one left their band and all that. So it makes it hard to tread the same water with them. … The show gave me the opportunity to be seen by millions of people. I was just saying to Ryan [Seacrest]–’cause [we] had spoken about it off camera–that it is difficult to get a fan-base going when you haven’t been seen. I didn’t want people to think I was disappointed in myself or my song choices, because that wasn’t the case for me at all.

Sixteen contestants remain in the competition; four go home next week, the final three-episode week, and then the finalists will begin to face off as one group of 12.

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