Vote for the Girls (American season 12)
|Vote for the Girls (U.S.)|
|Broadcast from||September 22, 2020– May 25, 2021|
|Jacqui Fountaine (DWTS 29)|
|Kaitlyn Bristowe (DWTS 29)|
|◀ 2020-21 ►|
The twelfth season of Vote for the Girls, also branded as Vote for the Girls: The Final Season, produced by NoSirGifts Fantasy Television Stations, began on September 22, 2020 and ended on May 25, 2021. Ava Zinn and Alexandra Moffitt continued as the show's host, while Thia Tola, Kendra Ray, Karly Jameson Nadia Lorenzo, Maci Blanca, Sophia Blanca, Kylie Dwyar, Breeanna Sorensen, Jacqui Fountaine, Donna Doogan, Andrea Coolranch, Sonia Donbar returned as moderators. Phil Allen, Louis Durant, Clark Jones and Bryant Cortos also returned as Zinn's Villains.
Louis Durant became the winning villain in the fifteenth season of America's Got Talent as his final pick of Brandon Leake was declared the winner.
Jacqui Fountaine was declared the winning moderator of the twenty-ninth season of Dancing with the Stars following Jeannie Mai's withdrawal resulting in the disqualifications of Nadia Lorenzo and Lauren Herman, marking not only Fountaine's first moderator win, but also allowing Pink Team North the second division to have a DWTS moderator victory with Fountaine joining Andrea Coolranch (DWTS 13, J.R. Martinez), Cathryn Everman (DWTS 19, Alfonso Ribiero) and Alexandra Moffitt (DWTS 26, Adam Rippon).
For this season only, Ava Zinn announced the Moderators' Save will be used in all available competitions, regardless of the final outcome. The moderators declined the third place finish of Cristina Rae on the fifteenth season of America's Got Talent.
On the nineteenth season of The Voice, however, despite the Moderators' Save used to decline DeSz's defeat, Phil Allen became the winning villain while the Purple Team were forced to eat a disgusting lunch on December 10, 2020[note 1] The Pink Team sat out the punishment for failure while the Red and Blue teams went on a $500 shopping spree at Glenbrook Mall in Fort Wayne, Indiana as well as being invited to Zinn's 38th birthday party weekend on January 2, 2021.
On the ninteenth season of American Idol and the twentieth season of The Voice, all four villains (Durant, Cortos, Jones, and Allen) struck out of the competition with Jones and Allen's respective Idol picks of Caleb Kennedy and Wyatt Pike, withdrawing from the competition, resulting in a disqualification and Ava Zinn had her remaining picks of Grace Kinstler and Casey Bishop, Zinn decided continue on to for the possible victory. In that case, the Idol and Voice competition ends upon the the defeat of Kinister on the former and/or Zinn's picks of Gianna Zoe, Rachel Mac, Dana Monique, or Jacqui Fountaine's pick of Pia Renee on the latter.
It was the series' final season produced by NoSirGifts. Despite its publicity that the series would be ending, it was announced by ABC Fantasy Television Stations that ABC O&O's would revive Vote for the Girls in May 2020 for a thirteenth season. This was the last season to feature Alexandra Moffitt as she died on November 29, 2020. On April 11, 2021, Zinn's respective cat and dog, Caprice and Ella assumed Moffitt's co-hosting duties as guest co-host and joined the moderator panel.
- 1 Changes from past seasons
- 2 Notable events
- 3 Contestants
- 4 Epilogue/Cultural refrences
- 5 Controversies
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Changes from past seasons
Ava Zinn returned for her twelfth consecutive season with Thia Tola, Kendra Ray and Karly Jameson returning for their seventh season; Rachael Passalt returned for her sixth season; Nadia Lorenzo, Maci Blanca, Sophia Blanca, Kylie Dwyar, Breeanna Sorensen, Jacqui Fountaine, Donna Doogan also returned for their fifth season as well as Alexandra Moffitt, Andrea Coolranch, Sonia Donbar returning for their fourth season.
Lanise McClannahan, Maribel Mort, Danni McClannahan, Kathi Jameson, Karla Hansen, Devin Martin, Jenny Riva, Tulissa Kümmert, Hannah Wilson, Marti McDaniel, Bria Savage, Luka Runecraft, Lydia Delagatto, Lauren Herman, Eboni Hill, Lauren Rodriguez, Leanna Claussen, Olivia Everman and Cathryn Everman all left the moderator panel and did not return.
Those departures required another realignment.
Sophia & Maci moved from the Pink Team East to Pink Team North.
Breeanna Sorensen returns to the Pink Team South. Kylie Dwyar moved from the Pink Team West to Pink Team South. Olivia Everman moved from the Pink Team North to the Pink Team South.
Karly Jameson and Nadia Lorenzo moved from the Purple Team East to Purple Team South. Thia Tola moved from the Purple Team West to Purple Team South
The Greatest of All Time
On November 18, 2019, an announcement of Vote for the Girls "Greatest of All Time" competition was made beginning July 7, 2020, which was to include Jena Asciutto, Nick Fradiani, Danielle Bradbery, and Maelyn Jarmon. The event used a multi-week format, with each episode featuring a two-song round. The contestant with the higher cumulative votes by the American public and moderators scores total across both games would be declared the winner of the round: the first to win three rounds would win.
On November 18, 2020, a second announcement of Vote for the Girls "Greatest of All Time" competition will launch after The Voice 20 finale, which is to include Normani, Ally Brooke, Lindsey Stirling, and Valerie Rockey. as in the first special, the event will use a multi-week format, with each episode featuring a two-dance round since all of them previously competed on either Dancing with the Stars or So You Think You Can Dance. The contestant with the higher cumulative moderators scores total across both games would be declared the winner of the round: the first to win three rounds would win.
Death of Kathi Jameson
Former Purple Team moderator Kathi Jameson died on November 28, 2020 after being ill for several months. It was revealed that Jameson died from complications from COVID-19, making Jameson the first Vote for the Girls moderator to die from the pandemic.
Death of Alexandra Moffitt
Shortly after 4:30 pm on November 29, 2020, Pink Team North moderator and Vote for the Girls co-host Alexandra Moffitt collapsed at Ava Zinn's home in Fort Wayne. She was discussing ideas for the November 30 and December 1 editions of Vote for the Girls. According to Karly Jameson, she collapsed. Jameson began CPR on her. The Fort Wayne Fire and Rescue service received a call from Jameson's mobile phone at 4:40 pm, and dispatched an EMS unit which arrived at 4:44 pm. Paramedics attempted to defibrillate Alexandra's heart three times, but she did not respond until the fourth attempt. Moffitt was then transported to Lutheran Hospital, arriving at 5:02 pm. Alexandra Moffitt died at 5:36 pm on November 29, 2020. She taped her final episode on November 23, 2020.
Supported Contestants who appeared in prior seasons or shows
|Contestant||Prior Television show/Season||Prior Result||Prior VFTG season||Prior VFTG moderator||Television Show/Season||Moderator||Result||Notes|
|Emily Piriz||American Idol 13||12th Place||5||Ava Zinn||La Voz USA 2||same||Semi-Finalist|
|Jason Warrior||The Voice 11||Live Playoffs||8||Jacqui Fountaine||American Idol 19||same||TBA|
|Amanda Mena||La Voz Kids||WINNER||6||Leonard Lai||American Idol 19||Ava Zinn||TBA|
|America's Got Talent 13||Semi-Finals||9||Phil Allen|
Supported contestant changes
The following Vote for the Girls or Zinn's Villains picks were moved by way of flexible picking, Moderator Challenges, severe weather, or for other reasons:
- September 22, 2020
- Jeannie Mai was "cross-flexed" from Thia Tola to Jacqui Fountaine.
- Kaitlyn Bristowe was "cross-flexed from Sophia & Maci to Donna Doogan.
- Johnny Weir was "cross-flexed" from Thia Tola to Jacqui Fountaine.
- October 5, 2020
- Chrishell Stause was moved from Sonia Young to Jacqui Fountaine.
- October 31, 2020
- By way of a Moderator's Challenge, Jeannie Mai was moved from Jacqui Fountaine to Lauren Herman.
- November 2, 2020
- On the day of the show, it was announced that Jeannie Mai would be withdrawing from the show after being hospitalized for epiglottitis. As a result, Lauren Herman and Nadia Lorenzo were disqualified resulting in an automatic Moderatror Victory of Jacqui Fountaine.
- October 19, 2020
- Tamara Jade was "cross-flexed" from Nadia Lorenzo to Breeanna Sorensen.
- John Holiday was flexed from Louis Durant to Breeanna Sorensen.
- October 20, 2020
- Madeline Couser was "cross-flexed" from Jacqui Fountaine to Ava Zinn.
- Cami Clune was moved from Nadia Lorenzo to Ava Zinn after Lorenzo decided she was not right for the competition.
- Chloe Hogan was flexed from Nadia Lorenzo to Phil Allen.
- October 26, 2020
- Carter Rubin, originally chosen by Phil Allen was flexed to Nadia Lorenzo; however, Karly Jameson witnessed the transaction while Ava Zinn and Alexandra Moffit had commitments to Dancing with the Stars". (see controversy below)
- November 2, 2020
The following pick changes were made, but were not official until November 30, 2020:
- Carter Rubin was "cross-flexed" from Nadia Lorenzo to Jacqui Fountaine.
- November 9, 2020
- Worth the Wait was "cross-flexed" from Ava Zinn to Sonia Young.
- Payge Turner was "cross-flexed" from Thia Tola to Sonia Young.
- Bailey Rae was "cross-flexed" from Lauren Herman to Andrea Coolranch due to Herman's disqualification.
- DeSz was flexed from Alexandra Moffitt to Clark Jones
- November 16, 2020
- DeSz was flexed from Clark Jones to Ava Zinn.
- Julia Cooper was flexed from Donna Doogan to Clark Jones.
- Sid Kingsley was flexed from Phil Allen to Breeanna Sorensen.
- Larriah Jackson was flexed from Thia Tola to Louis Durant.
- November 23, 2020
- By way of Moderator's Challenge, Julia Cooper was flexed from Clark Jones to Sophia & Maci.
- November 30, 2020
- By way of Moderator's Challenge, Ryan Gallagher was flexed from Bryant Cortos to Ava Zinn.
- Due to Ava Zinn's lack of attention to Carter Rubin's audition after public outcry on October 26, 2020 the following picks were changed:
- Cami Clune was "cross-flexed" from Ava Zinn to Jacqui Fountaine.
- Madeline Couser was "cross-flexed" from Ava Zinn back to Jacqui Fountaine.
- Ryan Gallagher was "cross-flexed" from Ava Zinn to Jacqui Fountaine.
- February 14, 2021
- Alex Miller was flexed from Clark Jones to Sonia Young.
- Deborah "DJ" Johnson was cross-flexed from Kylie Dwyar to Ava Zinn.
- February 21, 2021
- Amanda Mena was cross-flexed from Sophia & Maci to Ava Zinn.
- April 18, 2021
- Alyssa Wray was cross-flexed from Sonia Young to Ava Zinn.
- May 9, 2021
- Rachel Mac was cross-flexed from Andrea Coolranch to Ava Zinn. Ava Zinn said "Lauren Duski" was the reason.
- Dana Monique was moved from Lauren Herman to Ava Zinn.
- Ryleigh Modig was cross-flexed from Sophia & Maci to Ava Zinn.
- Gihanna Zoe was moved from Thia Tola to Ava Zinn.
IdolForums-Vote for the Girls dispute
The Flex picks before The Voice season 19 live shows garnered controversy. Upon seeing that Carter Rubin was not chosen as a "flex pick", Ava Zinn made controversial comments that some fans felt were unfair to Rubin, expressing their concern on IdolForums.com that Zinn was "throwing Carter under the bus" in favor of Payge Turner because Rubin is a male. Zinn and Karly Jameson chose to advocate for Turner, DeSz, Tamara Jade, and Worth the Wait, with Zinn telling viewers to strictly vote for the aforementioned female contestants (as Zinn always done since the show's debuted) without regards to criticism or controversy, and didn't acknowledge Rubin's audition. After the Moderator's Challenge, Jacqui Fountaine came in defense of Zinn's speech while applauding Rubin to console him and clarified that she was aware of Zinn's situation and position and that she was just disappointed that Zinn did not watch Rubin's audition to make sure a flex pick was used as it is what occurred the outcome to this issue.
Following Fountaine's decision to use her flex pick on Rubin, fans heavily criticized Zinn online for her alleged "lack of respect" towards Rubin in a pivotal moment, and many blamed her and Jameson for allowing Phil Allen to choose him as his villain pick. Some fans cited that Zinn's alleged absence during Carter Rubin's audition was unfair because Zinn was obligated to Dancing with the Stars, while Moffitt (before her November 29, 2020 death) expressed frustration with Zinn's behavior in a later interview, saying Zinn "sold [Carter Rubin] out." Zinn briefly addressed the controversy on December 1, 2020 on her YouTube channel by having a Zoom meeting. However, some fans felt the controversy was not fully addressed, as Jameson revealed on Twitter that Zinn had never actually apologized. Some fans criticized Fountaine, expressing they felt Justina Machado's fourth place finish was the result of the controversy and Zinn's handling of Rubin's audition, while other fans found her fourth place finish on the twenty-ninth season of DWTS a perfectly fair compensation for Zinn missing Rubin's audition.
The controversy had lasting effects which rolled over into the American Idol 19 and The Voice 20 competitions as well as the following season in addition to her next series. By the time the live shows of American Idol 19 and The Voice 20 arrived, the number of female contestants was whittled down from thirteen members to one on American Idol 19, while on The Voice 20 whittled down from seven to one, likely due to angry fans and voters refusing to vote for female contestants. This controversy might have also factored into Vote for the Girls' cancellation.
- Kendra Ray chose "rancid scallops", Brussel Sprout pie, and blended beef drink; Rachael Passalt ate a chopped liver and onion sandwich and Moutain Dew Beer; Donna Doogan ate duck feet sandwich, flower salad with cockroaches, and apple peel shake; Ava Zinn ate a pie with Brussel Sprouts, Spinach, Broccoli, Kidney Beans and onion soup mixed together; Karly Jameson ate fish head soup, sugar cream and anchovy pie, and scotch on the rocks; Thia Tola ate lamb testicles, fused grapefruit with mashed potatoes and blended chicken drink; Nadia Lorenzo ate black bean spaghetti, tripe (stomach lining), and Colt 45; and Lauren Herman ate mashed liver, cod with gefilite fish sauce, and a scallop smoothie.
- "'Vote for the Girls' to end after 12 seasons". November 12, 2019.
- "ABC Fantasy Television Stations officially revives 'Vote for the Girls', chides NoSirGifts for canceling". 9abc Fort Wayne. May 9, 2020.
- Dancing With the Stars celebrity Jeannie Mai hospitalized, forced to leave show. Good Morning America (November 2, 2020).