The Janoskians have continued the annual tradition that sees Teen Choice Award losers calling out the supposedly ‘rigged’ nature of the award show.
Last night, the Janoskians used Twitter to protest Colleen Ballinger (MirandaSings)’s Choice Web Star: Comedy award win.
The Australian comedy group/boy band, who showed up at the Teen Choice Awards in just their underwear and a lot of body paint to promote their upcoming movie, tweeted “We won!!! Thanks guys we love you so much congrats to all the nominees and winners,” immediately after Colleen was announced as the winner.
One of the members of the group, Beau Brooks, then tweeted the hashtag #ProducerChoiceAwards before posting a graph from Topsy Analytics that appears to show their competition hashtag (which counts as one vote) being used many more times than Colleen’s.
However, perhaps he forgot that fans can vote on Facebook and Instagram, as well as on Twitter.
Last year, during the 2014 TCAs, Cameron Dallas took home the Choice Viner award before revealing that he was actually notified of his win days before the public voting even closed. This kicked off the #TeensDontHaveAChoiceAwards controversy as many teens discovered that TCA producers actually decide who wins each category; regardless of how many votes they received from fans.
— Taylor (@tayyy_bailsss) August 11, 2014
This year, it seems, Fox listened to its young audience and changed the official rules for the 2015 show to guarantee that fan votes will decide who wins this year:
Winners of Teen Choice 2015 are determined using the votes cast on the Site, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Votes are tabulated electronically and winners are determined based on the nominees in each category with the highest number of eligible votes.
Which, if you stop and think about it, is why someone like Colleen, who didn’t even bother to attend the award ceremony, still walked away with a surfboard.
Or maybe it’s still rigged but they’re better at covering it up this year. Whatever. Seriously… Whatever.