Controversial results lead America to question the authenticity of reality TV competitions. After the “America’s next Top Model” finale that left viewers speechless, it appears a former judge is more than willing to tell behind-the-scenes secrets.
Janice Dickinson was suddenly dropped as “the mean” judge on “Top Model,” she recently admitted this week that the show is rigged, just like fans suspect. “Cover Girl are the people that choose the model — not any of the judges, not what Tyra says,” she said in a YouTube video. “Definitely… it’s rigged.”
Dickinson explained that she was disappointed when she found out the truth and felt “conned.” She thought she “was actually helping judge a TV franchise, that actually my say had any input — but it really didn’t,” the process made her depressed. “When I found out, I split.”
This is not the first instance of reality TV scandal. This year alone there’s been two major eliminations that cost America’s faith in competitions. The first questionable move this year was when the top-runner, Pia Toscano, was eliminated from “American Idol.” The 22-year-old was thought to be “the best voice” on the show, but was eliminated early in the completion. James Durbin, also expected to win the competition, also didn’t make it to the finals.
Just this week Rachel Crowe was voted off “The X Factor,” possibly the biggest shock of the year. The 13-year-old was expected to make it to finals, but she was voted off just before the semifinals. America’s in uproar, blaming producers for predetermining the winner.
Though producers will not comment on the elimination, the judges say it was the hardest elimination yet.