Nine black former “American Idol” contestants have gotten together to SUE the show … claiming they were all forced off of the show as part of a racist plot to get higher ratings.

Corey Clark (Season 2), Jaered Andrews(Season 2), Donnie Williams (Season 3), TerrellBrittenum (Season 5), Derrell Brittenum (Season 5), ThomasDaniels (Season 6), AkronWatson (Season 6), Ju’Not Joyner (Season 8) and ChrisGolightly (Season 9).

The former contestants claim that Idol has only publicly disqualified 9 show since it first hit the air … and they all happened to be black.

Their attorney now alleges that “Idol” has been conducting a “cruel and inhumane” scheme to exploit and humiliate black contestants for ratings.

He believes the  “scheme” begins during the background check stage of the show — when producers ask wannabe contestants the question — “Have you ever been arrested?” He said this information is then used to perpetuate “destructive stereotypes” about black people.

A rep for FOX declined to comment.

BTW … “Idol” has had 3 African-American winners in its history — Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino and Jordin Sparks.



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