Wednesday, May 7, 2008
7 News Features: Vote for the Worst
Each week we expect to hear the Idol's best, but one group expects their worst and hopes for it. Meet the folks who want you to Vote for the Worst.
WSVN -- Remember him? How about this guy? He looks familiar even if we've tried to forget what he sounds like.
And who could forget they're the Idol wannabes we loved to hate but hated to see go, and we're not the only ones.
Welcome to the world of Sean Fromer and friends. The evil masterminds behind VotefortheWorst.com
Since season three, John Stevens has picked the runts of the Idol litter and tried to raise them up to cult status.
Sean Fromer: "It was just based on the concept that wouldn't it be fun if we took an entertaining contestant that we knew the judges didn't want to have win and keep them in the competition for as long as possible."
And it's not like they have to work hard to pick a contestant. Their more notable choices include Scott Savol with a questionable voice and crooner Kevin a.k.a. "Chicken Little" Covais, and, of course, the man of a thousand hair that were more like "hair don'ts," Sanjaya.
Sanjaya: "How much better can it get?"
Sean Fromer: "They start off the season, they air these really bad auditions. They just humiliate the crap out of these contestants."
Sean Fromer: "We just thought it would be funny if we could extend that into the semifinals and finals of the competition."
Sanjaya finished seventh. Admit it, we all shed a tear when he left.
Sean Fromer: "It became this huge media circus, and, yeah, we do like to think we started it."
But success like that is tough to repeat with no Sanjaya in Season Seven. The site seemed to struggle with its picks, although they claim to have had some success with recently booted Kristy Lee Cook.
Sean Fromer: "Perfect example, Kristy Lee Cook doing 8 Days a Week on Beatles night, and she did that hillbilly hoedown version that everyone is still talking about."
Yeah, that was pretty bad, but the Idols want nothing to do with the site.
Kristy Lee Cook: "Yeah, they're brutal to everybody. It's really sad."
Carly Smithson: "We all made a conscious choice not to look at it because it's just negative."
Season Six alum Phil Stacey, who was voted out just after Sanjaya, says the website is anything but helpful.
Phil Stacey: "A lot of the people that are on it are just mean spirited. They're not offering constructive criticism or anything like that, so I think it really goes against the whole spirit of the show."
But Sean says that is exactly the spirit of the show.
Sean Fromer: "VotefortheWorst.com does not hate American Idol. In fact, you are going to find a lot of hardcore Idol fans on the show. We're just another fan base like anybody else."