Teen Choice Awards were 'rigged', winner claims

MICHAEL IDATO
Last updated 10:15 12/08/2014

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The Teen Choice Awards, an annual event which hands out publicly-voted awards to television, film and fashion personalities, is under fire for allegedly "rigged" results.

The accusation came, somewhat unexpectedly, from one of the winners.

Vine video blogger Cameron Dallas, who won the award for most popular Vine personality, tweeted that he had been told six days prior to the event that he had won.

The tweet was later deleted but screen captures of it, and other deleted tweets, have since surfaced online."It's funny how they told me I won the Viner award six days before the voting ended and made the runners up still vote to tweet for them," Dallas wrote on his Twitter account.

Another nominee, Vine video blogger Matt Espinosa, added: "Basically they picked the people almost six days before voting was done and used all of us for promotion."

As a result of the chorus of protest which followed the tweets on social media, the hashtag #TeensDontHaveaChoiceAwards began trending worldwide on Twitter overnight.

Then protest turned to incandescent rage when a screen capture of the program's closing credits surfaced on Twitter.

It read, in part: "Votes are tabulated electronically and winners are determined based on the nominees in each category with the highest number of eligible votes. [Production company] Teenasaurus Rox reserves the right to choose the winner from the top four vote getters."

The brouhaha has turned an awkward spotlight on one of Hollywood's rarely-discussed realities: that celebrities at B-tier awards events are often tipped the outcome ahead of time to ensure the winner, at least, attends.

Among the higher-profile winners were the Kardashian family and singer Taylor Swift.

The boy band One Direction also won, but did not attend. Instead, in a footnote which did not escape notice on social media, they pre-taped an acceptance speech wearing the same clothes they wore to a PR event in New York several days prior to the close of voting.

The producers have not commented on the scandal.

The event, which is held in Los Angeles, featured actresses Megan Fox and Lea Michele, singer Jennifer Lopez and reality television personality Kim Kardashian as presenters. It also featured musical performances by Demi Lovato and Jason Derulo.

It was broadcast in the US on the Fox network.

Full list of winners for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards:

VINER
Cameron Dallas

SUMMER SONG
Demi Lovato, Really Don't Care feat. Cher Lloyd

MOVIE ACTOR - DRAMA
Ansel Elgort, The Fault in Our Stars

MOVIE BREAKOUT STAR
Ansel Elgort, The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent

TV - DRAMA
Pretty Little Liars

TV ACTOR - DRAMA
Ian Harding, Pretty Little Liars

SUMMER TV STAR - MALE
Tyler Blackburn, Pretty Little Liars

REALITY SHOW
Keeping Up with the Kardashians

MOVIE ACTOR - SCI-FI/FANTASY
Josh Hutcherson, Catching Fire

TV ACTRESS - SCI-FI/FANTASY
Nina Dobrev, The Vampire Diaries

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MOVIE ACTRESS - ACTION/ADVENTURE
Shailene Woodley, Divergent

CANDIE'S STYLE ICON
Zendaya

TV ACTRESS - DRAMA
Lucy Hale, "Pretty Little Liars"

MOVIE - DRAMA
The Fault in Our Stars

CHEMISTRY
Ansel Elgort, Shailene Woodley and Nat Wolff, The Fault in Our Stars

WEB STAR - FEMALE
Bethany Mota

WEB STAR - MALE
Tyler Oakley

ULTIMATE CHOICE
Selena Gomez

MALE HOTTIE
One Direction

TWIT
One Direction

SOCIAL MEDIA KING
One Direction

MUSIC GROUP
One Direction

SUMMER TOUR
One Direction, Where We Are Tour

SONG - GROUP
One Direction, Story of My Life

BREAK-UP SONG
One Direction, Story of My Life

LOVE SONG
One Direction, You & I

COUNTRY ARTIST
Taylor Swift

OLAY FRESH EFFECTS BREAKOUT STAR
Odeya Rush

WEB STAR - FASHION/BEAUTY
Zoella

WEB STAR -MUSIC
Shawn Mendes

WEB STAR - COMEDY
Our2ndLife

WEB COLLABORATION
Troye Sivan & Tyler Oakley, The Boyfriend Tag

BREAKOUT GROUP
5 Seconds of Summer

SUMMER MUSIC STAR - GPOUP
5 Seconds of Summer

VILLAIN - MOVIE
Donald Sutherland, Catching Fire

MOVIE ACTOR - COMEDY
Kevin Hart, Ride Along

COMEDIAN
Kevin Hart

TV BREAKOUT SHOW
Faking It

FEMALE ARTIST
Ariana Grande

SONG - FEMALE
Ariana Grande, Problem feat. Iggy Azalea

TV ACTRESS - COMEDY
Lea Michele, Glee

MOVIE LIPLOCK
Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, The Fault in Our Stars

MOVIE SCENE-STEALER
Nat Wolff, The Fault in Our Stars

MOVIE - ACTION
Divergent

MOVIE ACTOR - ACTION
Theo James, Divergent

MOVIE - SCI-FY/FANTASY
Catching Fire

MOVIE ACTRESS - SCI-FY/FANTASY
Jennifer Lawrence, Catching Fire and X-Men: Days of Future Past

MOVIE - COMEDY
The Other Woman

MOVIE ACTRESS - COMEDY
Emma Roberts, We're The Millers

HISSY FIT
Jonah Hill, 22 Jump Street

TV REALITY PERSONALITY - FEMALE
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance

BREAKOUT GROUP
Fifth Harmony

SUMMER MUSIC STAR - GROUP
Fifth Harmony

BREAK-UP SONG
5 Seconds of Summer, Amnesia

R&B/HIP-HOP ARTIST
Iggy Azalea

R&B/HIP-HOP
Iggy Azlea Fancy, feat. Charlie XCX

TV SHOW - FANTASY/SCI-FI
The Vampire Diaries

TV SHOW - COMEDY
The Big Bang Theory

TV ACTOR - COMEDY
Ross Lynch, Austin & Ally

TV SHOW - ANIMATED
The Simpsons

TV SHOW - REALITY COMPETITION
The Voice

VILLAIN - TV SHOW
Dylan O'Brien, Teen Wolf

TV REALITY PERSONALITY - MALE
Adam Levine, The Voice

TV REALITY PERSONALITY - FEMALE
Shakira, The Voice

TV SCENE STEALER - MALE
Tyler Hoechlin, Teen Woolf

TV SCENE STEALER - FEMALE
Candice Accola, The Vampire Diaries

TV BREAKOUT STAR - MALE
Brett Dalton, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

TV BREAKOUT STAR - FEMALE
Sasha Pieterse, Pretty Little Liars

SUMMER TV STAR - FEMALE
Ashley Benson, Pretty Little Liars

FEMALE HOTTIE
Selena Gomez

- Sydney Morning Herald

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