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'American Idol' Controversies
Can you pick the 'American Idol' contestant involved in each of the following controversies?
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Confusion over the final vote margin convinced some viewers that this contestant, who led fan voting until the finale, should have won Season 2.
Elton John called the show's vote 'incredibly racist' based on the Bottom 3 and elimination of this contestant.
A disproportionate number of votes from Hawaii, as well as extra voting opportunities, were believed to have given this contestant an advantage.
This contestant's shocking Season 5 elimination was plagued by viewer claims that other contestants' recorded messages played when they cast their votes for the eliminee.
The lengthy stay of this mohawked competitor was supported by Howard Stern and Vote for the Worst in Season 6.
Producer focus on famous mentors may have led to the elimination of this contestant, who judge Simon Cowell said rightfully should have won Season 6.
During Top 13 week, this contestant's phone number did not follow the typical number pattern, leading many viewers to accidentally call a phone sex line.
AT&T provided free mobile phones and texting services for this contestant's fans on finale night, which AT&T denied as a 'fix' of any kind.
The phone number printed on Facebook for this contestant was incorrect, leading to the contestant's elimination and subsequent fan outcry.
This presumed frontrunner was the fifth consecutive female eliminated in Season 10, leading to early claims of gender bias in voting.
This former contestant called Idol's contract a 'slavetract,' speculating that producers manipulated results based on contract acceptances.
This contestant was the first ever to be disqualified on the show, being replaced in the semi-finals by Ejay Day.
This contestant was disqualified for undisclosed pending criminal charges, later claiming that judge Paula Abdul had provided preferential help.
This contestant was removed from the semi-finals when topless photos surfaced on an adult web site allegedly featuring underage content.
This presumed frontrunner was voted off after a statement allegedly about food addiction was interpreted by some as being anti-gay.
Risque photos surfaced of this contestant, who was not disqualified from the semi-finals; further investigation found that the more lewd photos were actually a look-alike.
This contestant was widely considered a producer plant due to a previous major label record deal and highly-promoted album 'Ultimate High,' produced under a different name.
This contestant was revealed to have worked as a male stripper in Phoenix, AZ, doing full nudity and performing lap dances for male clientele.
A prior record deal with A&M Records and an alleged connection with two executives of 19 Entertainment led to this semi-finalist's disqualification.
An ongoing recording contract at the time of original audition disqualified this contestant, who was replaced by Tim Urban in Season 9.
This contestant, a former children's play director, allegedly charged parents a $50 fee for participation in 'Oz, the Musical'; it was cancelled, but the money was never refunded.
After making the Season 11 Top 12, this contestant was publicly disqualified on the show for undisclosed past criminal charges.
When this contestant addressed the Virginia Tech massacre on-air, judge Simon Cowell was mistakenly accused of rolling his eyes.
Ryan Seacrest accidentally spoiled this contestant's elimination via Twitter, resulting in the smallest audience for a regularly-scheduled episode in the show's history.
This contestant allegedly accepted over $10,000 in return for wearing 205 Flava jerseys on-air.
Judge Paula Abdul gave a critical review of this contestant's performance . . . before it even took place.
Winners traditionally participate in the subsequent season's finale; this one wanted to but claimed to have never been asked.
Right after winning the show, this contestant was reluctant to sing 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at the first anniversary of 9/11, afraid it would come across as a marketing ploy.
This contestant's shocking elimination on the night of Idol Gives Back outraged viewers after Ryan Seacrest hinted initially that no one might be sent home.
This contestant caused some controversy due to prior record deals, a minor hit song in 2000, and opening for Britney Spears in 1999 as a member of Boyz N Girlz United.
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