“Vote for the Worst” began in 2004 as a bit of lark to make fun of “American Idol.”He would encourage people to vote for the most ridiculous or entertaining (or both) contestant that given week.
But nine years later, the founder Dave Della Terza has decided to end the site after season 12. (My “Idol” blog, which began in 2005, closed its doors in October, 2011 but I have continued to report about “Idol” here.)
Vote For The Worst’s spotlight peaked season 6 with the big push for Sanjaya Malakar, who lasted much longer than anybody expected. Howard Stern and numerous press sites tracked him. He also supported Scott Savol season four and Taylor Hicks (winner) season five. Later on, he pushed Kristy Lee Cook (season seven), Megan (coo!!!) Joy (season eight), Tim Urban (season nine) and winners Scotty McCreery (season 10) and Phillip Phillips (season 11.).
I emailed him comment. Here’s part of what Terza wrote:
I decided I’d be closing VFTW last year, I just wanted to wait until now to announce it so that people would see it. I figured I owed everyone one farewell season instead of the site just disappearing overnight. It’s bittersweet for me – I have a lot of fun with the site, but it’s about that time.
When Nicki Minaj was announced as a judge, that was probably the only thing that kept me motivated to see what happens. So at least there’s something to look forward to and keep me in high spirits!
Here’s his part of his snarky explanation on his site. (You can read the entire note here.)
Why did I make this decision? Well, American Idol is really no longer relevant, so VFTW has accomplished our one true goal: making sure that America stops taking American Idol and other singing reality shows seriously. American Idol has become a shell of its former self. It used to produce stars and it used to be must-see TV. Now, you can count on a bunch of bland finalists singing the same 10 songs over and over with maybe one contestant becoming a one hit wonder. We helped kill American Idol, but even more so, American Idol helped kill itself by refusing to stay relevant. The show will be lucky to last a few more unmemorable seasons.
And more here:
They say when your critics stop talking about you, you’re finished. We’ve been American Idol’s biggest critic, but we’re leaving before we get completely bored with a show that really should’ve bowed out gracefully a few years ago. But of course, I wouldn’t leave you hanging without one last hurrah. American Idol season 12 will be Vote for the Worst’s last season, so let’s enjoy it for all it’s worth and make sure to get the contestants America hates one step closer to winning a meaningless prize. And then when our fun contestants go home, let’s make sure we crown White Guy With Guitar #6.