We have new drama surrounding "american idol." The hit show, now under fire, from a group of former contestants who say they were kicked off because of their race. Abc's cecilia vega has our story.... See More
We have new drama surrounding "american idol." The hit show, now under fire, from a group of former contestants who say they were kicked off because of their race. Abc's cecilia vega has our story. You did not make the top 24. Reporter: It is the hit show where singers can get the boot for missing a note. But can contestants also get the boot from "american idol" simply based on their race? Nine former contestants have filed a legal complaint against the show, reportedly claiming they were kicked off for that very reason. According to tmz, the group says the show tried toiate african-american contestants, many with arrest records, by exposing their past for ratings. This morning, their issue tells abc news, it is an issue for the courts. Idol's network, fox, isn't commenting. For all of the people that were taken off of the program, they have been all african-american. Is that a coincidence? It's kind of hard to tell. Reporter: Contestants, including, finalist corey k, disqualified from season two after a battery arrest. And jared andrews, sent packing over an assault charge. ♪ And I don't need ♪ Reporter: Producers also booted these twins, after identity theft charges surfaced. I really cannot recall anytime on the show where I felt discriminated against. Reporter: Season six finalist, melinda doolittle, said one thing "american idol" isn't, is racist. Three of the show's past winners are black. Other contestants say singers on "idol" are required to disclose arrests. Vonzell solomon tells abc news, I was clearly informed of all grounds for disqualifications in our contracts. "Idol" has changed my life for the bert. I didn't feel like there was special attention given to someone because of race. I cannot see where this is coming from. Reporter: Where it may be headed? To a courtroom. The group reportedly plans to sue. For "good morning america," see celia vega, abc news, los angeles.
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