cameron dallas teen choice awards rigged gi Internet stars Cameron Dallas, Matthew Espinosa outraged at Teen Choice Awards 'rigging'If you’re watching an awards show where only the winners are in attendance, chances are that’s because they’ve been notified ahead of time that they have a speech to write. That’s the case even if the awards show is being driven by fan votes.

Such was the situation at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards, which had so many categories that not even half of the winners were revealed during the live broadcast. But the fact that the awards show was “rigged” came as a shock to both fans who cast their votes until the voting period’s final moments and the Internet stars who joined the ranks of TCA nominees for the first time in 2014.
The fine print on Sunday’s (Aug. 10) telecast reveals that the producers of the show have the right to determine the winner of the Teen Choice categories:
“Winners for the Teen Choice Awards are determined using the votes cast on Votes are tabulated electronically and winners are determined based on the nominees in each category with the highest number of eligible votes. [Production company] Teenasaurus Rox reserves the right to choose the winner from the top four vote getters. The Olay Fresh Effects Breakout Star Award and Ultimate Choice Award were both chosen by Teenasaurus Rox.”

This is a practice that is likely familiar to the acting, musical and athletic nominees, but new to the Internet stars the Teen Choice Awards were recognizing for the first time. Like the teens who voted for them, these people were likely under the assumption that every vote mattered, and were understandably upset when they found out that wasn’t the case.

Vine star Cameron Dallas, who won Choice Viner, took to Twitter after losing Choice Web Star: Male to Tyler Oakley to complain about the voting process. He later deleted the tweets, but they read, “He already knew he was going to win that’s why he didn’t promote and that’s why he didn’t seem surprised. … smh … It’s funny how they told me I won the viner award 6 days before the voting ended and made the runners up still tweet to vote for them.”
The frustration was picked up by fellow Viner Matthew Espinosa, who tweeted, “Basically they picked the people almost 6 days before voting was done and used all of us for promotion.”

More and more Internet stars took to social media to vent their frustrations, and as each of them has millions of followers, word of the “rigging” spread quickly. Teen voters became outraged and the hashtag #teensdonthaveachoiceawards started trending.

FOX, the network which hosted the awards show, advertised voting as ending Aug. 9 at 11:59 p.m. PT. But with the “rigging” patrol on high alert, many noticed that One Direction’s outfits that they wore in their pre-recorded Choice Summer Tour acceptance speech were very similar to the ones they were photographed wearing on Aug. 5.

Though the anger from fans who voted is understandable, FOX hadn’t hidden the truth of its voting process from those who cared to look. The main lesson to be taken away from this situation? Always read the fine print. For example, here is a selection from the voting rules for the MTV Movie Awards and VMAs:

“The total number of votes submitted during the Voting Period for the Nominees’ in each of the eligible categories will be tabulated by Sponsor and the ‘Nominee’ with the most votes in its applicable category, as determined by Sponsor, will be declared the winner of such category. If, for any reason, this voting process is interrupted for any reason, is found to have been tampered with in any way, or for any other reason that Sponsor believes in its sole discretion to be reasonably necessary, Sponsor reserves the right to select the winners at its discretion and may take into consideration the number of votes received by a Nominee up until the time of the interruption or cancelation of the voting process.”

Second lesson to be learned? Big Hollywood stars don’t show up to awards shows unless they know they have a reason to, and that’s not a new practice.

Posted by:Terri Schwartz