Ju'Not Joyner made it to the final 36 contestants on season eight of American Idol.
This gives the aspiring singer a unique perspective into the country's top-rated show, one he used to either exploit for personal gain this week; or speak the truth about how the competition is rigged by producers.
In an online chat with fellow semifinalists such as Felicia Barton and Kendall Beard, Joyner went off on the series.
He declared "it's a fixed thing if I ever saw one," and made the following accusations:
- American Idol producers labeled him a "troublemaker" because he questioned the show's contract (which he referred to as a "slavetract");
- He was cut from the show due to his concerns over this contract;
- The show makes contestants use the same lawyer;
- Producers had it out for him after he refused to let them highlight his background on air: "They wanted me to put that out to the world and expose my personal business for ratings. I wouldn't do it," he said.
Most damning of all, Joyner says the results of American Idol are fixed. He said that Kris Allen is a talented musician, but:
"The producers know who they want and they slant it to reflect that. They fix it in a way that makes you surprised but it's still manipulated. Think about it...ADAM, ADAM, ADAM, then...Kris....SURPRISE SMITHCHES!!!!"
In conclusion, Joyner scoffs at the notion that Idol is a regular talent show, writing in the chat: