There is a lot at stake in the American Idol 14 competition mostly for Holly Everman, Julia Passalt, and Kendra Ray since the Vote for the Girls USA moderators rules prohibit other VFTG USA moderators from choosing the same first pick as one moderator’s home market (in this post examples are Holly in Muncie, Indiana (mostly Indianapolis or Dayton/Springfield); Julia in Minneapolis; and Kendra in Des Moines) while a local VFTG pick (Alexis Gomez of Dayton, OH; Shannon Berthiaume of St. Paul, MN; and Maddie Walker of Ankeny, IA) are supported from the VFTG USA Moderartors’ primary home market and/or state. Those rules for the VFTG USA moderators are designed to encourage a VFTG pick’s fans to support that particular pick in person instead of supporting another VFTG pick on television as part of the moderators’ contractual agreement by Aeverine Zinn Holdings (the owner of the Vote for the Girls franchise) disallowing an opposing VFTG USA moderator choosing the primary VFTG pick outside of the moderator’s and VFTG pick’s home market to protect the moderator’s reputation.
Given the number of recent comments, emails and messages we’ve received is the most common is “Why? Why are the moderators doing this?” We thought we would try to explain the issues for everyone.
First, some background:
In the television industry, the United States is divided into 210 markets. The largest is New York City, with Glendive, Montana, the smallest. Each market has defined boundaries.
The Fort Wayne, Indiana market is the 109th largest, with approximately 600,000 television homes. Each market has defined boundaries. Fort Wayne has 11 counties.
However, the Fort Wayne, Indiana market does not include Grant County – which is in the Indianapolis market, which is the 26th largest with approximately 2.5 million television homes in 32 counties.
The ten Vote for the Girls USA moderators’ hometowns are located in the following markets and five moderators have fan bases outside their home markets (indicated in bold) and/or have a been a long time viewer of an adjacent nearby market:
- Ava Zinn (Van Buren, IN) – Indianapolis (primary since 2013) and Fort Wayne (primary 1983-2012, secondary since 2013)
- Kymberly Alvaraz (Denver, CO) – Denver
- Holly Everman (Muncie, IN) – Indianapolis
- Kellie Rock (Warren, PA) – Erie, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Tampa/Saint Petersburg, and Terre Haute
- Julia Passalt (Minneapolis, MN) – Minneapolis/St. Paul
- Lanise White (Green Bay, WI) – Green Bay/Appleton and Milwaukee
- Rhonda Rhodes (Milwaukee, WI) – Milwaukee and Green Bay/Appleton
- Kendra Ray (Des Moines, IA) – Des Moines/Ames
- Tracia Ward (South Bend, IN) – South Bend, Chicago, and Fort Wayne
- Thia Tola (San Francisco, CA; originally from Pattaya, Thialand) – San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose
Why is that important to Vote for the Girls USA?
Aeverine Zinn Holdings, the owner of the Vote for the Girls franchise, is enforcing contract language with each Vote for the Girls USA moderator that only the primary Vote for the Girls pick for that particular female or transgender female Vote for the Girls USA moderator in her primary home market (at least) is supported. As such, opposing moderators cannot choose the same primary Vote for the Girls pick mentioned, such as Alexis Gomez, Shannon Berthiaume, and Maddie Walker, which are respectively supported by Holly Everman, Julia Passalt, and Kendra Ray.
- The rules are crafted between VFTG Foudner and Webmaster Ava Zinn and many female contestants that audition for shows (American Idol, The Voice, So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Got Talent). Local moderators (i.e. Holly Everman, Julia Passalt, and Kendra Ray) have some control in the process – and are sometimes at the mercy of the decisions made on-the-fly by Ms. Zinn.
- Starting with the inaugural season of The X Factor USA, to help alleviate conflicting VFTG primary picks, Ava Zinn allowed each Vote for the Girls moderator to choose her primary pick.
- Just because Ava Zinn, Holly Everman, and Tracia Ward are from Indiana does not ALWAYS mean Ava, Holly, and Tracia can make a primary pick from Indiana and the same goes for Rhonda Rhodes and Lanise White are from Wisconisn does not always mean Rhonda and Lanise can make a primary pick from Wisconsin. Generally, the three Indiana moderators (Ava Zinn, Holly Everman, and Tracia Ward) and the two Wisconsin moderators (Lanise White and Rhonda Rhodes) alternate respective home state Vote for the Girls USA picks. Sometimes Ava, Holly, and/or Tracia can support a female contestant from Indiana as well as Rhonda and Lanise can support a female contestant from Wisconisn, sometimes they can’t. Vote for the Girls USA moderators have at least between three and five Vote for the Girls picks in each competition because of the west coast home female contestants, but that doesn’t mean the Vote for the Girls moderators can always support that particular female contestant. It’s not always the Vote for the Girls’ moderators’ choice – it’s Aeverine Zinn Holdings and Vote for the Girls USA rules.
- Because Julia Passalt and Kendra Ray are respectively from Minneapolis and Des Moines, Julia and Kendra are guaranteed to support American Idol 14 picks Shannon Berthiaume and Maddie Walker. If Shannon Berthiaume and Maddie Walker are in the American Idol 14 finale, both Julia and Kendra will be the winning moderators and an outright Vote for the Girls victory.
- Also because Kellie Rock is from Pennsylvania, Kellie was guaranteed to support The Voice 7 pick DaNica Shirey. Since DaNica Shirey was spared from the Vote for the Girls loss after being eliminated in the quarter-finals on The Voice, Kellie Rock became the winning moderator by default even though Shirey was not the winner of The Voice 7.
- After the moderator make their picks during the auditions, Ava Zinn makes the final decision for the moderator’s picks, based on regional interest or importance.
For example during the American Idol 14 auditions, Tracia Ward rung in first for Maddie Walker and records that as her primary Vote for the Girls USA pick, Tracia Ward does not get ratings credit for it because the female contestant outside the South Bend/Elkhart market. And because Maddie Walker is from the Des Moines/Ames, IA market, Kendra ray didn’t get credit as Kendra initially rung in last. So, Kendra Ray requested a change of primary Vote for the Girls pick, but in this case, Tracia Ward lost the primary pick of Maddie Walker and now VFTGers will have to be encouraged by Kendra Ray to vote for Maddie Walker – and the moderator and female contestant will get the appropriate credit.
We know it may not make a lot of sense. Because American Idol 14 contestant Maddie Walker and Kendra Ray are from the same Des Moines/Ames, IA media market–that’s unlikely to change.
Iowa fans of Maddie Walker in Des Moines are strongly encouraged by Kendra ray to vote for Maddie Walker.
Given all of that, here are the American Idol 14 picks chosen by the moderator panel. Remember, the moderators’ Vote for the Girls American Idol 14 picks consists of two male vocalists approved by Ava Zinn based on one’s vocals and appearance and close enough to an Alex & Sierra American Idol pick. The moderators have already chosen their Vote for the Worst picks, but they will not be revealed until after the American Idol 14 competition ends or the top 7 consists of five females, Riley Bria, and Nick Fradianai–whichever comes first. The moderators will use their save on the following VFTG picks in the event should one of the following be the last female contestant standing:
- Shannon Berthiaume
- Jackie “JAX” Cole
- Sarina-Joi Crowe
- Alexis Gomez
- Lovey James
- Maddie Walker
- Katherine Winston
- Adanna Duru
- Tyanna Jones
- Loren Lott
|Team Ava & Kymberly
(Ava Zinn & Kymberly Alvaraz)
|Julia Passalt||Kendra Ray||Rhonda Rhodes|
(initially Jackie “JAX” Cole)
(initially Sarina-Joi Crowe)
(initially Alexis Gomez)
(initially Maddie Walker)
|Best of Worst||
|Holly Everman||Kellie Rock||Lanise White||Tracia Ward|
(initially Maddie Walker)
|Best of Worst|
If you have any questions and/or agree, disagree with the moderator’s decisions, post them below, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet to @voteforhtegirls!