Poll: Controversy Doesn't Affect 'Idol' Viewing
Recent rumors and allegations surrounding "American Idol" neither compel nor repel viewers of the Fox television talent competition, according to a Billboard.com poll.Recent rumors and allegations surrounding "American Idol" neither compel nor repel viewers of the Fox television talent competition, according to a Billboard.com poll. Of 1,566 voters, 51% said their interest in the show is not affected by controversy stirred up by the claims of former contestant Corey Clark.
As previously reported, Clark alleges in a book that he has written that he had an affair with "Idol" judge Paula Abdul during the show's second season. Producers removed Clark from the competition before its conclusion because he failed to reveal a criminal record.
10% admit to being more drawn to "Idol" than ever since the emergence of the scandal. Another 8% say they are turned off by the backstage drama.
Despite the show's consistently high ratings, 31% of those taking part in the poll say they do not watch or care about "American Idol."
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