"SAMANTHA WAS ROBBED."
This is what the AV Club's Sonia Saraiya had to say about the controversial episode of "Project Runway" that aired on March 21. In her review of the episode, Saraiya noted that "Richard should have gone home, and everybody there knew it…I feel cheated out of seeing [Samantha's] future designs."
The elimination of Samantha was made even more controversial because of the guest judge: Regular judge Zac Posen was out, replaced by Rachel Roy. Some fans believe that if Zac had been around, Samantha might have been able to stay on.
The recent elimination of Samantha from the "Project Runway" lineup is just the latest in a long series of controversial reality TV eliminations that have angered fans. From singing competitions to drag contests, these reality TV shows got their fans all riled up after some surprising elimination decisions.
One of the most controversial elimination decisions in all of "Survivor" history revolved around Fiji contestant Yau-Man Chan. When Yau-Man won a Ford truck as part of a reward challenge, he decided to be a nice guy and give Andria "Dreamz" Herd the truck.
Dreamz had been homeless, and Yau-Man gave Dreamz the truck on the condition that if he had immunity later on, Dreamz would give that immunity to Yau-Man. Dreamz reneged on the deal, and Yau-Man was eliminated as a result. Karma caught up to Dreamz in the end: He was later slapped with a paternity suit.
Vino Alan was a fan-favorite contestant on "The X Factor," until he was eliminated after a sing-off against Diamond White. His song was switched at that last minute, putting him at a disadvantage in the competition. This song switcharoo had some fans crying "conspiracy."
When Vino was asked about the alleged on-set "conspiracy" against him, he told reporters, "I know that inside the 'X Factor' camp, they knew what I could bring. To drop me down that far and send my a** home is kind of strange. But I am not one to say whether it was on purpose. But that talk does get my spine tingling."
When Pandora Boxx was eliminated from the second season of "Drag Race," the decision left many fans stunned. EW's Tanner Stransky was one of the stunned fans, arguing "the master of comedy on this season…has, without question, been Pandora Boxx, with her hilarious facial expressions, quippy self-deprecating nature, and always-sunny demeanor."
When Pandora Boxx was forced to "sashay away" while the less-talented Tatianna got to stick around, Stransky questioned the judges' decision. "Did they consider that [Pandora would] be a great ambassador [for the show] come the finale?" Stransky queried.
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