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Eliminated 'American Idol' Contestant Marcio Donaldson Speaks Out: 'You Don't See a Lot of Minorities Win This Show'

Eliminated 'American Idol' Contestant Marcio Donaldson Speaks Out: 'You Don't See a Lot of Minorities Win This Show'

Mario Donaldson is speaking out after being eliminated from American Idol.

The singer did not make it into the show’s Top 10, and spoke out about his observations in a new video published on Wednesday (April 25).

“A harsh reality is that most of the people who were in the bottom were minorities, and coincidentally that’s what America voted…and it’s a harsh reality to see. But it just shows how sad of a dynamic this could be in this industry,” he said.

“Look at the winners: there’s a pattern, there’s very little…you’ve got Ruben [Studdard], Fantasia, Jordin Sparks and Candice Glover. The show’s been on for 16 seasons. What does that say? It’s been a while. I’m going to be honest, you don’t see a lot of minorities, to be honest, that do actually win this show.”

Watch him speak out below.

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  • rosaryblue

    Marcio is a great guy – the way he stood up and took in his nephew is incredible. I was hoping he would win and I hope that he gets a contract. He has a great personality and would even be great on a talk show or as a host somewhere – E should pick him up. He is so likable and I really want to see him make it!

  • plez

    Sore loser.

  • tomtillapaugh

    People most often vote for people of their own race and likenesses. 1 out of 8 people in America are black so, if everything was proportional, 12.5% of winners of AI would be black. But 4 out of 15 winners of AI have been black, That is 27%. So blacks have been over-represented as winners on AI,NOT under-represented. Ditto The Voice.

  • tomtillapaugh

    People most often vote for people of their own race and likenesses. 1 out of 8 people in America are black so, if everything was proportional, 12.5% of winners of AI would be black. But 4 out of 15 winners of AI have been black, That is 27%. So blacks have been over-represented as winners on AI,NOT under-represented. Ditto The Voice.

  • Jo

    1) No one watches this show – and the measly ratings are definitely from hick town USA, so yeah.
    2) But even if 100% hick town voted a black person, remember that these shows are all rigged by what the producers want. This is one reason the show has gone down the toilet.

  • Jo

    1) No one watches this show – and the measly ratings are definitely from hick town USA, so yeah.
    2) But even if 100% hick town voted a black person, remember that these shows are all rigged by what the producers want. This is one reason the show has gone down the toilet.

  • Jo

    That’s assuming all 100% of people vote ONLY for their own race – which, by the way, makes 100% of people racist and not voting on talent alone. Wrong.

  • Jo

    That’s assuming all 100% of people vote ONLY for their own race – which, by the way, makes 100% of people racist and not voting on talent alone. Wrong.

  • Max

    I don’t know… maybe he is right but it’s a stupid thing to say after being eliminated. it makes him look like he is a sore loser. the harsh reality is that there is no chance to find out why America voted like this. all he has are suspicions.

  • Max

    what if people voted for the person they think is the most talented? there is no way to look inside their heads. and by the way, if you really think these shows are about talent only then you are 100 % naive.

  • pumpkin16

    Glad there is somewhere to post that doesn’t force facebook. I refuse to join facebook. Anyway, who knows how people vote? I always thought the younger girls keep voting for the cute guy. AI has produced stars. Don’t watch Voice but I am not aware of any breakout stars. AI has tons of stars out there.Not all top recorders but making money in the industry. Two married and have their own company producing. A lot of millionaires. Kelly Clarkson has said she gave up but then tried for AI on a fluke. She is on Voice but her husband or husband’s father is Blake Sheldon’s manager. No question of what show she would be on. Family loyalty. The voters picked the top six. We don’t know who would have been top 10. The judges picked 4. Somehow that got lost in logic to people. Jurnee and Ada, or for that matter, Marcio could have been top 10. The line was drawn at 6 folks. All are talented. To make it to top 14 was great achievement.

    I never vote my race. I look at talent.

  • Adam Caines

    Tom is assuming nothing of the sort, IN FACT, he is assuming the opposite of that, and trying to talk sense in pointing it out to you. I’m not doing any research for this spontaneous reply, but using the numbers Tom gives, the number of “melanin-rich” Americans who have WON Idol is, percentage-wise, more than DOUBLE what a directly proportional “race-based” average would be, DISPROVING both your, and Marcio’s, ridiculous assertions.

    The “harsh reality” that Donaldson SHOULD BE facing, is that he, and every other contestant sitting in that “danger zone”, (with the exception of maybe Ada, imo) offered up performances that were sub-par, or not up to their own previously established standards, on the voting show that determined their positions for top ten eliminations. It’s a vocal talent show, & while many factors play into the results, if you are not as good, or not at the top of your game, you’re not going to win. Dat’s it. As someone who loves these shows, and the talent they showcase, having watched Idol & The Voice, from the beginning, imo, everything went pretty much exactly how it should have. (Mara Justine really should have gotten a judge’s pick, but at this level, diss appointments are bound to happen)

  • Lindsey

    I loved Marcio, voted for him quite a few times, as much as I voted for Caleb, but putting him up against some of the more higher voted contestants…he just wasn’t as good as them. That Barry Manilow song he performed was weird & cheesy. Not a good song choice…

  • Lindsey

    that is what it is coming down to with some of the contestants that didn’t make it…*ahem* Jurnee..She shouldn’t have made it to the top 7. Dennis was robbed of that spot.

  • Lindsey

    If the contestants who are minorities believe that Idol is unfair and it’s just wypipo being raycis N homophobes then pitch an idea where contestants are only of a minority race and gay people can compete. Or just accept that your performances and singing talent just wasn’t as good as the top competitors.