booted Nashville Star 3 contestant says fake conflict caused her to be voted off.

booted Nashville Star 3 contestant says fake conflict caused her to be voted off.
American Idol isn’t the only talent competition reality series with controversy. Nashville Star 3‘s Tamika Tyler, who was booted from the series last week, says producers constructed a fake argument that led to her eviction. Tyler says “she suffered a fan backlash from a minute-long segment that preceded her performance on last week’s show, a segment that she says demonstrates producers created a controversy,” The Tennessean reports. Specifically, producers “showed a brief exchange about older vs. younger contestants, with Tyler saying, ‘It’s been a long road for us older ones…'” The paper reports that Tyler, 33, “said that exchange prompted more than 700 angry e-mails from fans that said, essentially, ‘How dare you call a meeting to chew out the young ones.'” Executive producer H. T. Owens says, “This is a reality show, not Face the Nation. That being said, we didn’t misrepresent conflict that arose between Tamika and other cast members.”

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