'Voice' Voting Scandal REVEALED: Results RIGGED By Producers, Shocking Lawsuit Alleges
"The Voice" may be involved in a shocking voting scandal.
A new 32-page lawsuit alleges that "Voice" producers rigged the reality TV show's voting process, essentially eliminating any "reality" in the singing competition's outcome.
"According to reports detailing the contract, the singers can be booted at any time, and producers can manipulate the show's outcome by ignoring votes that fans spent their hard-earned money to cast," The Enquirer reported.
Contestants' status on the show is determined by the number of times their songs are downloaded on iTunes. Because fans are paying to keep/eliminate certain singers, celebrity attorney Raoul Felder argued that the show "is playing [exploiting] not just the contestants, but the audience too."
Steve Gordon, an entertainment attorney, added: "If this is true, it's outrageous!"
The show's illegal voting process came to light last May when "fan favorite Judith Hill, a former backup singer for the late Michael Jackson, was eliminated and a large number of text and online votes were tossed out due to what was labeled as 'some inconsistencies' by the show's outside auditing firm, Telescope," The Enquirer reported.
If the voting accusations are true, it will prove disastrous for the show, which is now more popular than "American Idol."
"It would be no surprise to me that lip-synching and dubbing go on behind the scenes," said TV critic Bill Mann. "But to know that the viewers' votes may not count? That's a real slap in the face to fans."
To add insult to injury (literally),"Voice" contracts also stipulate that contestants can be depicted in ways that are "may be disparaging, defamatory, embarrassing (and) may expose me to public ridicule, humiliation or condemnation."
Which isn't surprising, an insider said, because the rich producers have all of the power.
"The producers and the networks hold all the cards," said the source. "They can pretty much portray the contestants any way they want."