The Teen Choice Awards: a show where the results are made up and the votes don’t really matter. Following the completion of the 2014 Teen Choice Awards on FOX Sunday night, the Twittersphere exploded after a disclaimer displayed during the program’s credits revealed Teenasarus Rox, Inc., the teen-voted show’s sponsor, observed the right to hand-picked any of the category's winners.
— Taylor Bailey (@dancingxxx1) August 11, 2014
“Winners for the Teen Choice Awards are determined using the votes cast by TeenChoiceAwards.com,” read the disclaimer (via Gossip Cop.) “Votes are tabulated electronically and winners are determined based on the nominees in each category with the highest number of eligible votes. [The production company] reserves the right to choose the winner from the top four vote getters.”
Despite the award show’s official voting rules stating similar guildelines, confirming producer’s rights to choose a winner out of the top four contestants in each category, the discovery resulted in viewers trending the hashtag #TeensDontHaveAChoiceAwards nationwide Sunday night.
Choice Viner winner Cameron Dallas added fuel to the controversy, revealing via Twitter the show’s inauthenticity after losing Choice Male Web Star to YouTuber Tyler Oakley. “Smh [shake my head],” Dallas posted (via Bustle) in a since-deleted post. “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 the them."
“Basically they picked the people almost 6 days ago before voting was done and used all of us for promotion,” confirmed Choice Viner nominee Matthew Espinosa. The social media star later adding, “Lmfao the things people will do for television.”
The awards show’s voting tabulation isn’t the only trickery causing controversy, comedian Beau Brooks prank on the show’s blue carpet is also causing a buzz on social media. After falling off a surfboard and appearing to injure his neck, resulting in the use of a neck brace, Brooks’ The Janoskians comedy group members confirmed the injury and fall were both staged, HollywoodTake.com reports.
"What's hilarious about the prank we pulled today is that our fans called it right from the start, you know us way too well haha," tweeted Jai Brooks. Luke Brooke later adding, "Beau wore the neck brace for the rest of the day coz he felt bad that it was fake and everyone got worried. good memories."