Former 'American Idol' finalists blast claims of racism on the show

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

Former American Idol contestants Melinda Doolittle, Vonzell Solomon, Casey Abrams and Taylor Hicks are coming to the aide of the singing competition’s reputation following claims that the Fox reality show is racist.

"It is shocking to see such allegations,” Doolittle, a season six finalist, told TMZ. “In my experience on the show, the 'Idol' team strives to champion everyone, regardless of race. However, each contestant is explicitly told that the withholding of information that may compromise the show or artist, can and will result in immediate disqualification."

Idol came under fire last week because of nine former contestants who claimed the singing competition was racist. The accusers hired attorney James H. Freeman who has since filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and is seeking permission to sue Fox and the show.

Solomon also opened up to TMZ about her experience saying, “I didn’t experience any of that [racial discrimination] ... all of our contracts were clear about how the background checks worked and that we could be disqualified if we lied about our past."

Abrams, season 10 finalist, concluded, “I don't know why they are biting the hand that fed them. Those guys beat thousands of people who wanted to be on TV. Idol is picky, but I'm not sure about racist."

It is unclear if the lawsuit will actually see the court.



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