Chris considering his options, Fuel’s offer as some fans float conspiracy theories

One day after his shocking! elimination from American Idol 5, Chris Daughtry was offered a job by Fuel, but he’s not sure if he’ll accept it. Yesterday, he told reporters,

“There’s going to be a flood of opportunities. I can’t really talk about them, but there are some lined up and I just have to feel out all the offers and make sure I’m doing the right thing for me. … At this point I have to take everything into consideration. I don’t want to make a rash consideration and regret it later. I don’t know if I’m in the position to say yes or no to anything, just because of my mindset. I have to think about it long-term and not just right now. I’m a songwriter myself, so to launch my own career would be my dream, selling out stadiums, doing my own thing.”

He also said that, when Ryan revealed the results, the sad look on his face was intentional. “I wasn’t going to pretend to be happy about it. It was definitely a gut-wrenching moment. It didn’t feel good, but I try to look at the positive,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chris’ fans are floating various (conspiracy) theories about his elimination. The hysterical part about the accusations that the show is rigged is that just a few weeks ago, the conventional wisdom among some fans was that the show wanted a rocker to win so it was rigged in favor of Chris.

A family friend of Chris’ floated another theory, mainly that the phone lines were screwed up and that fans “fear their votes were mistakenly credited to one of the other contestants because they’d get the other hopeful’s voice thanking them for the call instead of Daughtry’s,” the AP reports. MSNBC rounds up some other reports from message boards and e.mail messages claiming that calling Chris’ number resulted in a vote for Katharine. Perhaps they misdialed?

And let’s not forget that Dial Idol, which (unscientifically) measures busy signals, correctly predicted his ouster, meaning that Chris had fewer busy signals than anyone else. That means that his fans forgot to vote or just became complacent, which probably explains their delusional morning-after theories. After all, blaming oneself is much more difficult than claiming the whole world is conspiring against your favorite American Idol contestant.

Daughtry On Elimination: ‘I Wasn’t Going To Pretend To Be Happy’ [MTV.com]
Daughtry to use ‘Idol’ as launchpad [AP]
Some callers claim ‘Idol’ votes were misdirected [MSNBC]

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