I think I had the same exact question in a post last year. Every year someone says that American Idol is rigged and the judges and producers know who the final four will be and have it all planned out.
I think the reality is the judges and producers know who they would like in the final four and adjust the comments and editing to favor those contestants as much as possible, but if they were going to rig American Idol do you honestly think they would have let Taylor Hicks win? It isn't that they couldn't sign the other people who were better that year because they did, but the deal is they had to release a Taylor Hicks album which they knew would not make them any money. If Idol was rigged they would have never let that happen
So, when you read about some Idol staffer saying the fix is in, you have to realize they say that every year. There is always some story saying who the final four are going to be and I don't think they have ever been correct. It is fun to talk about an Idol conspiracy and there are certainly issues when it comes to counting votes and not having every vote counted, but I don't think there is any rigging going on. You just can't tell me there was any plus to the Idol bosses to have Taylor Hicks win. Any other person winning would have been better for them. You have to show me how him winning benefited them, and then maybe I will believe in the conspiracy theory.