Over the weekend there was disbelief among the teens of the world that their beloved Teen Choice Awards were rigged. In the past I have written about all the awards handed out by MTV and how they are rigged. There are a lot of awards televised at this point and I'm sure Sundance airs a few critics awards that are not rigged, but for the most part, unless you are watching the Emmy Awards, Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Tony Awards, Golden Globes or SAG Awards, they are probably rigged. I would venture to guess that the Golden Globes have an honest voting process but their nominations are a little more loose to ensure that high profile guests show up. A big shout out to Miss Golden Globe too. That normally doesn't go to the kid of a D lister.
An awards show that is televised that can't get high profile celebrities to show up is not going to be on the air for long. How do you get good ratings? Get good celebrities to appear. How can you guarantee they will show up? make sure they get plenty of nominations and tell them they are going to win an award. In many cases they get to choose the award they want to win. Your movie or song doesn't fit the window for qualification? Exceptions can be made or they can give you some kind of lifetime achievement award or other thought up on the spot award which will be used in future years to get other celebrities to show up. If there is no accounting firm mentioned, chances are it is rigged. If there are pre-recorded thank you speeches during the broadcast that is a good sign. I hate to break the news to you but even reality shows that have judges don't always get the final decision. Producers do. If there is some contestant that is really making an impression, do you think producers want that person to disappear? Why not keep them around for a few more weeks to stir things up and keep viewers interested.