Taylor Hicks, Melinda Doolittle, Casey Abrams – Idol Not Racist

American Idol alums, Taylor Hicks, Melinda Doolittle, Casey Abrams and Vonzell Solomon join Jacob Lusk in defending American Idol against charges of racism.

Nine black ex-contestants are planning to sue American Idol, claiming the contestants’ criminal backgrounds were exploited for publicity and they they were explicitly targeted due to their race.  Via TMZ

But Season 6 finalist Melinda Doolittle adamantly disagrees, telling TMZ, “It is shocking to see such allegations. In my experience on the show, the ‘Idol’ team strives to champion everyone, regardless of race. However, each contestant is explicitly told that the withholding of information that may compromise the show or artist, can and will result in immediate disqualification.”

Season 4 finalist Vonzell Solomon adds, “I didn’t experience any of that [racial discrimination] … all of our contracts were clear about how the background checks worked and that we could be disqualified if we lied about our past.”

Two other former contestants — Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks and Season 10 finalist Casey Abrams — also agree.

Casey says, “I don’t know why they are biting the hand that fed them. Those guys beat thousands of people who wanted to be on TV. Idol is picky, but I’m not sure about racist.”

Taylor — whose Vegas show is still going strong — adds, “American Idol is for everyone. All walks of life go through the show. Not once did I see the show discriminate towards anyone. It’s all about the votes.

Only contestants who aren’t in a position to milk the Idol machine are going to get caught up in this mess of a lawsuit. Although, if Ju’Not Joyner were smarter, (he was not disqualified, and has a decent singing voice) he might have been able to leverage his Idol ties. Now, even The Voice probably wouldn’t go near him.

  • julesb2183

    Melinda and Vonzell are classy. Not to mention some of the best vocalists idol has had.

  • http://twitter.com/THEROCPRINCE Cory Patrick ??

    second that

  • mason williams

    yeah, junot you my friend are SCREWED,the voice won’t touch u

    and x factor or even agt wouldn’t touch u, because they are produced by the same people who produce ai

    you never bite the hand that feeds/fed you,any chance at a career you or the others may have had is DEAD, smile for the camera, you idiots,ha ha

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    All too often, racism is in the mind of the beholder.  Bottom line, you knew you had a criminal record when you auditioned.  End of story.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    When you think about it, Idol has not had an Asian or Hispanic winner.  Racism on American Idol – I don’t think so.

  • CFIdolsfan

    Scotty McCreery says he is a “quarter Puerto Rican.” But no, there has not been a winner that was “full-blown,” if you will, Latino or Asian. But I don’t suspect racism, either. Not when there have been some African-American winners, and good ones at that, imo.

  • kmd23

    Scotty readily admits he does not speak or know Spanish, he does not have a Spanish last name, nor does he even look Spanish so I don’t think he counts as Latino/Hispanic. I also believe he was not raised in a Spanish community. Even with being “one quarter Puerto Rican” lol.

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Scotty’s paternal grandmother is Puerto-Rican.  Paquita has taken the family back home to visit, but no, Scotty doesn’t speak Spanish fluently.  I don’t think he’s ever self-identified as Hispanic, but the Latin publications have included him…

  • casting call

    Actually, Ju`Not has been touring all over the country opening for major acts. I saw him in Vegas. He was great.

  • SaSa8

    Saw this story on Good Morning America today.  They showed comments by Melinda and Vonzel. Melinda said she never experienced any racisim and does not think Idol is racist at all.  I did not watch her season but I just love her, she is always well spoken and has a good sense of humor.