Vote for the Girls (United States) lore

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The American Vote for the Girls lore is a collection of information that fans retain and share.


The following is a selected list of memorable events that have stood the test of time and are considered common knowledge by VFTG fans:



Sparked by the early elimination of female contestants in the first five weeks of the American Idol 10 finals that led some critics[1][2], including Zinn, Everman, and Hurd to believe that it was partly due to the demographic of the voters being skewed towards females who tended to vote for men led to criticism of bias against women. The last of these five girls to be eliminated was a presumed front-runner and Vote for the Girls pick, Pia Toscano, and her elimination drew considerable criticisms, with various former Idol alums and notably Zinn's longtime friend Alec Dailey[3] and Kristy Habiby expressing shock and surprise.[2][4] Toscano's elimination saw Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart as the only remaining females left in the competition.[5][6][7]
Idol producer Ken Warwick said, "It's no secret that most reality shows are female driven, either by moms or by young girls. It does mean we're going to get a heftier amount of female votes and it's always bent towards the boys, obviously, we are very much aware that the voting can be skewed towards the boys." In response to the criticism, the producers considered tweaking the voting format for the following season to correct the bias.[8] In response to criticism, the producers considered tweaking the voting format for the following season.[9] However, after Toscano's elimination, the performances of Alaina and Reinhart‐the latter being chosen by Della Terza as a Vote for the Worst pick–led the web site bounce back from Toscano's elimination seeing the next five eliminated contestants were all males, leading to the first Top 3 with two females since the sixth season, the largest comeback ever in the site's history setting up for a possible since the third season to have a finale consisting of two women and guaranteeing a Double VFTG Victory. The episode represented one of the most important events in the web site's history of American version of Vote for the Girls. This episode introduced the "pulling a Brandi Chastain" as a popular reference on the web site as host Ava Zinn pulled a Brandi Chastain on the U.S. version was the elimination of James Durbin on May 12, 2011 upon seeing Haley Reinhart and Lauren Alaina were the first two advancing in the American Idol 10 Top 3 by spontaneously whipping off her shirt and falling to her knees in her black bra, which generated mixed reviews and is considered to be the site's most memorable wins (this is Zinn's most memorable Vote for the Girls moment), referencing Brandi Chastain's iconic image celebrating the winning spot kick[10] at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup Final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, after scoring the fifth kick in the penalty shootout to give the United States the win over China in the final game featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated became one of the defining images of women's athletics in the United States.[11][12][13][14][15] [4] Ironically, three months later that year on the eighth season of So You Think You Can Dance the site finally gained its first double VFTG Victory upon the third place finish of Marko Germar with Melanie Moore defeating Sasha Mallory to what was then the largest comeback (that would later be surpassed two years later upon the elimination of Lazaro Arbos on Idol ) in the web site's history.


The Carlygate episode occurred during the finale of the second season of The X Factor between Ava Zinn's pick of Carly Rose Sonenclar, Everman's pick of Fifth Harmony and Dave Della Terza's pick of "Tacky Stacky"–the latter of the three who would carry on the WGWG (white guy with guitar) tradition started on the the seventh season of American Idol. Since Zinn and Everman's hometowns are Van Buren and Muncie, located in the same Marion-Muncie radio market and the Indianapolis television market, making the Zinn-Everman rivalry an intra-market, in-state, transwoman vs. woman, matchup between the two longest-tenured moderators in the state of Indiana. Zinn and Everman were looking for the first X Factor victory as Robyn Hurd's pick of Melanie Amaro won the previous season, and the two female contestants needed to get more votes against Tacky Stacky for for what would have been a double victory. In the final result, Fifth Harmony was declared the act in third place, leaving Zinn's pick of Sonenclar and Della Terza's pick of Tacky Stacky to await the winner of the winner of X Factor. However, when it was revealed that Sonenclar was declared the runner up and the subsequent first and only loss on X Factor, Everman released a torrent of expletive Facebook posts about the loss. In one such notable post Everman called someone a "fucking cunt" to a woman she identified as Heather after the woman got into a fight 25 years earlier which resulted in Everman's sister (Elisa) being expelled from the now-closed Claypool Elementary School in Muncie. However, fans of Ava Zinn in the notorious "Cat Pound" began throwing plastic pop bottles and other objects directed at Archibald Coolranch and Leonard Lai.


On November 14, 2013, upon seeing Sweet Suspense received the fewest number of votes, in protest of some bad calls by the referees, began to throw popcorn and corn husks on the field as the episode progressed. Archibald Coolranch and Leonard Lai refused to continue the episode and Ariel Swaringen took a house microphone and said the following, including a jab at in-state rivals Ava Zinn and Holly Everman fans: "Will the next person that sees ANYBODY throw anything onto this stage, point 'em out...and get 'em out of here! You don't live in Marion or Muncie, you live in Indianapolis!" At one point, Leonard Lai was knocked unconscious by a thrown piece of corn.


In an early April 2014 episode, the episode was disrupted with less than three minutes to go as a major altercation broke out between Holly Everman, guest moderator Khayla Chow and fans. This resulted in record-breaking suspensions, most notable of which was Holly Everman who received the longest suspension in VFTG history. Chow was later fired on September 18, 2014.



In the tenth season finale of The Voice, Zinn and Alvaraz's supported contestant Alisan Porter's performances of "Down That Road" and Somewhere" gave Zinn and Alvaraz their fourth consecutive double victory. Porter's victory marked the first female to win The Voice since Tessanne Chin won the fifth season (it is interesting to note that Porter became the second Star Search contestant after notable VFTG villain pick Josh Kaufman to win The Voice), and post-season press conference was notable for Lanise White's profanity-laced rant, despite Nyle DiMarco's DWTS win minutes later highlighted by the quote "They are who we thought they were".
That quote was notable because the White and Alvaraz previously competed on the pink team prior to Alvaraz's move to the purple team after Zinn sold her virginity to Alvaraz after Kaufman won The Voice while White's dismal record prompted her move to the purple team. White ended her rant by asking the press to "crown Ava & Kymberly champions."



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  1. Sorry, ladies. 'Idol's' just not that into you Female hopefuls keep getting the boot, while guys who aren't as good stick around
  2. 2.0 2.1 With Pia Toscano now gone, can American Idol do anything about its woman problem? Retrieved March 30, 2013
  3. "PiaRoll'd". Vote for the Girls. No. 11, season 2. Retrieved on 29 February 2016. "Alec: I'm done watching American Idol."
  4. 4.0 4.1 Us Weekly (2011-04-08). Jennifer Hudson, Tom Hanks Outraged Over Pia Toscano's 'Idol' Elimination | Rolling Stone Culture. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2011-08-06.
  5. "Why did Pia Toscano leave 'Idol' so soon?". 2011-04-08. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  6. 'American Idol': Voting methods, judges are to blame for the girls' downfall. (2011-04-08). Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
  7. 'American Idol' EP Ken Warwick: 'Maybe we change the voting system slightly next year'. Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
  8. 'Idol' considers voting tweaks to fix boy bias. (2011-04-20). Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
  9. "American Idol" mulls voting tweaks to fix boy bias
  10. 1999 U.s. Women's Soccer Team - Los Angeles Times. (2012-07-13). Retrieved on 2012-08-02.
  11. Brandi Chastain Cover - Sports Illustrated 07.19.99 Issue Contents - SI Vault. Retrieved on 2012-08-02.
  12. JERE LONGMANPublished: July 05, 2003 (2003-07-05). SOCCER; The Sports Bra Seen Round the World - New York Times. Retrieved on 2012-10-30.
  13. SETH FAISONPublished: July 12, 1999 (1999-07-12). WOMEN'S WORLD CUP; The View From China: 'So Close, So Close' - New York Times. Retrieved on 2012-10-30.
  14. Reynolds, Charles (1999-07-10). Football: America in love and having a ball - Sport. The Independent. Retrieved on 2012-10-30.
  15. BBC News - Why Women's World Cup champion Brandi Chastain bared her bra. Retrieved on 2014-07-28.

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