Internet stars Cameron Dallas, Matthew Espinosa outraged at Teen Choice Awards 'rigging'Add to Favorites | 2014 MTV Video Music Awards
"Winners for the Teen Choice Awards are determined using the votes cast on Teenchoiceawards.com. 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.
we voted for something we didnt even have a say in. i would like to see the real results and see who really wonðŸ˜Œ #TeenDontHaveAChoiceAwards-- PLEASE CAM (@CashNationn) August 11, 2014
#TeenDontHaveAChoiceAwards WE SPAMMED AND VOTED FOR HOW MANY DAYS FOR WHAT-- - (@freakydallinsky) August 11, 2014
#TeenDontHaveAChoiceAwards WHAT THE HELL, I DONT HAVE A CHOICE AT HOME OR AT SCHOOL NOW THESE DAMN AWARDS I CAN'T CATCH A BREAK SMH-- - (@freakydallinsky) August 11, 2014
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.