Like Rabidfanofclay, I didn't bother to complain to any agency either,Originally Posted by tomboy66
but whenever I heard anything about someone wanting to write to the FCC, I would argue that they would not say anything about Ruben or Clay (because it had nothing to do with either of them) and just ask what could be done about the clogging phone situation. If you are going to put a show on television and ask the audience to participate after getting them "sucked into the show" like Tomboy66 says, then either make it as legit as you can or fix the problems/coordinate with an agency for help, but don't carry on like it was a FAIR competition.
This is appearantly what AI is guilty of and I would think (if not initially) this is what everyone is upset about. Thank goodness it is evident by now, Ruben and Clay are both doing their fans proud despite any aforementioned favoritism or rigging of the show. But it is also evident that AI2 went from "working out OK" with the phone lines in the beginning of the show (I read/heard continually that all fans were able to vote multiple times with little difficulty if any including Clay's and Ruben's at the time) to a disaster at least for the last couple of shows when the lines became constantly jammed. You can't blame the fans for getting upset when they no longer have any idea if anyone on the show actually has a fair chance of winning despite their fans' efforts. Even the results on the Final 3 couldn't fairly reveal to us if Kim, Ruben or Clay had any advantage over the other, which is very unfair to whoever gets let go, unfortunately.
Whether or not the producers or judges had any influence on the outcome this year despite any favoritism, they probably are not at fault for what happened to the phone lines. The first AI didn't have the same problems as AI2 only because the show became much more popular and drew bigger numbers of viewers, obviously. But I think they would be ignorant if they didn't resolve all issues with the show, including the audience's participation in the competition by making necessary changes to the voting system. Hopefully, they already have - I'm sure the franchise will want to continue in its success. If these letters/concerns from viewers have actually done any good whatsoever, it will be in making the producers of the show realize they won't be able to keep up this facade for next time.