Twins Claim American Idol Ruined Their Music Career

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Brittenum-TwinsBy Daphne R

A set of twin brothers who appeared on American Idol 7 years ago told a reporter at Memphis’ WREG News that appearing on the show has cost them a career in music and they want to warn other American Idol hopefuls of what to watch for.

Brothers Terrell and Derrell Brittenum allege that the show misleads people with the promise of going to Hollywood. They say that the show is actually scripted. The twins made it to the top 24 contestants in 2007, but their 15 minutes of fame came to a screeching halt when the show publicized that brother Terrell had a previous arrest for buying a stolen car.

The Brittenum twins say they disclosed the information about the prior arrest to producers of the show and they said nothing about it until they made it into the top 24. The show then publicized it as part of the show and would not allow them to continue. The twins believe they did it for ratings.

Terrell said, “No one was ever left out in the dark, but when we do this particular tv show we naturally assumed it was for our talent. It was not for our talent it was for us to be casted for the role of criminal, to boost ratings.”

The brothers say they want their name cleared because the show portrayed them as liars, although they had fully disclosed the matter.

Ten former minority Idol contestants, including the Brittenum twins, are suing the show for $250 million claiming they were used and showcased as criminals while their white counterparts with criminal pasts were allowed to continue.

The twins feel the negativity of the show has left them with a stigma to overcome. They say their faith sustains them, but other contestants that were booted off the show haven’t fared as well. Some former contestants have been homeless, and even attempted suicide.

The Brittenum twins now want to be able to move forward and be released from the perpetual contract they signed with American Idol which keeps them from appearing on other televised shows.

A spokesperson from American Idol says they have not discriminated against any contestants and reserve the right to feature back stories on contestants.

To watch the video of this interview, click here.

Source: WREG.com


 Daphne R is an experienced marketing and communications professional that provides social commentary, self-help, tips, and reports news of events that matter to African Americans.

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