The Top 10 Scandals, Surprises, and Shockers Of ‘American Idol’ Season 12
Unfortunately, "Idol" didn't bring in the ratings week after week. Over the course of Season 12, the once-unstoppable reality franchise plummeted from its usual spot as the number-one talent show on television to third place in that category, behind "The Voice" and "Dancing With the Stars." Each week of Season 12, "Idol" sank to a new ratings low--hitting rock-bottom the week of May 1, when the series aired its lowest-rated performance show ever that Wednesday, then experienced its all-time lowest ratings on the following night's results show.
Apparently fans of feuding and catfighting would rather tune in to the "Real Housewives" or "Bad Girls' Club" than "Idol." But for those of you who enjoyed the show's silly drama--or who missed it, because you were one of the 4 million or so viewers who stopped watching "Idol" this year--here are the top 10 most shocking, scandalous moments of Season 12.
10) Nicki Minaj is Tardy for the Party
On "Idol's" top 10 night, Nicki was an astounding 13 minutes late to the live taping, and she missed the show's opening (and the performance by her favorite male contestant, Curtis Finch Jr.) entirely. When she finally did show up (after dealing with "some congestion on the 405," according to Ryan Seacrest), the "Super Bass" rapper wasn't looking like her usual superfly self, dressed down in a hoodie and shades. This was just one of Nicki's many headline-making antics this season, but since no other judge was ever late for a live broadcast in "Idol's" 12-year history, this incident makes the list.
9) Matt Farmer Lies About His Military Injury
Matt had what seemed like a compelling sob story: He said he'd sustained a traumatic brain injury while serving in Iraq, and that the medication he was subsequently prescribed was supposed to render him sterile, thus making his adorable daughter (who accompanied him to his audition) a miracle baby. But only one day after Matt's moving audition aired, Guardian of Valor, a website that seeks to "out people who falsely claim military service and/or claim unauthorized medals or tabs," reported that that Matt's story wasn't quite holding up, quoting many soldiers who had allegedly served with Matt and refuted his claims. Matt eventually confessed that he had indeed lied to "Idol's" producers about his backstory, and he was never seen on the show again.