20Apr/16

VFTG Moderators Kellie Rock and Kathy Roberts have died

Kathy Roberts (1955-2016)

The Vote for the Girls moderator panelists are in complete shock, and our condolences go out to the family, friends and co-workers of Kellie Rock and Kathy Roberts, who respectively died April 14 and April 19. Kathy Roberts was 60 and Kellie Rock was 52.

On our Facebook page, Roberts’ fellow moderator Lanise White posted, “Danni and I cannot express the sadness and grief caused by the passing of my friend Kathy Roberts. Kathy was a great person I had the privilege to work with in Milwaukee and on VFTG. We will miss Kathy dearly. Thoughts and prayers are with Kathy. #RIPKathyRoberts”

“She was in the booth after production wrapped up when she said ‘Oh my God, something is wrong,’ ” White said.

Fort Wayne police confirmed that a 911 call was received on the early morning hours of April 14 after Roberts collapsed and died from an apparent heart attack.

Kathy was part of Vote for the Girls joining in September 2015. Prior to VFTG, she anchored the newscasts for WXWI-FTV in Milwaukee appearing on the station’s midday and 4 p.m. newscast with Lanise White from 1989 unitl Kathy left in 2009

“The entire Milwaukee’s Action News family is saddened by Kathy’s passing,” said Melvin Runecraft, WXWI anchor and former colleague of White and Roberts.  “Kathy was not only a fellow journalist, but a friend to many of us. Kathy was hard-working, caring, and loved Milwaukee. Her strong passion for life, for news, and sharing great stories will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her children and family.”

EDITOR’s NOTE: Melvin Runecraft is the father of VFTG Villain Luka Runecraft

“We have lost a member of our family at NoSirGifts…Rest in Peace, Kathy,” Luka Runecraft posted to his Twitter feed.

Five days after Kathy’s death, Roberts’ fellow moderator Kellie Rock killed herself after her Roberts’s final pick of Owen Danoff received more Instant Save votes than Rock’s pick of Emily Keener on “The Voice.

Kellie Rock (1964-2016)

Kellie slashed her throat and then her wrists following through on a threat Rock made to fellow pink team moderator Tracia Ward, according to friends and the city medical examiner’s office.

“She had been fighting depression for over a year,” said Julia Passalt. “But she was a private person, so not many people knew.”

Passalt said she remained close to Rock long after Passalt left for Denver, and she was grateful she got to see Rock again when she joined the Vote for the Girls panel in 2014.

She said she was one of the first to received the news of Kellie’s death from Elisabeth Rock, Kellie’s eldest daughter.

On Wednesday, many of Kellie’s former colleagues said they were shocked by her  death.

WVTH anchor Beverly Gadsen called the news  “a bust to the gut.”

“I didn’t even know she had depression,” Gadsen said. “She was a great newswoman.”

Marti McDaniel, who co-anchored the 5 p.m. news with Rock in Tampa Bay through the 1990s, said she was “such a smart, professional girl. She also had a really fun side, was a joy to work with every day.”

Kurtis Fonn, Rock’s WWCF co-anchor at 6 and 11 p.m., said he was stunned by the news, describing Rock as a wonderful woman and journalist.

Long-time VFTG pink team moderator Holly Everman, worked with Rock and her sister Robyn Hurd for many.

“I have such great memories working with Kellie on VFTG,” Everman said. “We became good friends and frequently played golf together. What a sad day. Loved ones and fans will remember Kellie Rock as a caring woman who loved her family ”

Kellie Rock joined the VFTG panel in January 2014 with Kathi Jameson. “I am in complete shock and devastated to hear the news about Kellie. She was one of the sweetest people I have ever known,” Kathi said on Wednesday. “And a very dear friend. My heart goes out to her family during this very difficult time. We have lost [an] angel today. I miss you Kellie.”

Kellie Rock  previously anchored  WVTH-FTV’s main newscasts from 2009 to 2013. “The entire staff at NBC 25 Action News are tremendously saddened by the tragic passing of former WVTH anchorwoman, Kellie Rock. She was truly a sweet and generous soul. This is a devastating loss for anyone who ever knew her,” WVTH news director Mark Ailes said in a statement.

 

07Apr/16

VFTG Moderators’ American Idol XV picks…

Here we go. American Idol 15 Vote for the Girls picks are in for the final season. The winner of the final season of American Idol may have been from Mississippi since it was an all-Mississippi finale with Ava Zinn and Kymberly Alvaraz supporting both La’Porsha Renae and Trent Harmon.

With the Flex Pick format allowing the moderator panel to have male soloists and the success of Nick Fradiani and Jax last year, even though there were two guys in the American Idol 14 final. We know that all since all the female moderators chose the 13 girls and the 11 guys that were picked. There is definitely going to be a VFTG Victory and no Vote for the Worst picks (yet the male moderator panel made those selections and were eventually flexed out).

Nonetheless, here are the American Idol 15 VFTG picks in detail since there were no Vote for the Worst picks:

Purple Team Ava
& Kymberly
Julia Kendra Kathi &
Karly
Lanise
Pink Team Holly
& Perri
Kellie Tracia
& Hillary
Kathy Thia
Red Team Luka Clark
Blue Team Archie Glenn

Ava Zinn &
Kymberly Alvaraz

WINNING MODERATOR

1 Jeneve Mitchell (HOME-Kymberly)
2 Shelbie Z Ava’s Previous VFTG Pick on The Voice 5
3 Jenn Blosil (HOME-Kymberly)
4 Amelia Eisenhauer
5 La’Porsha Renae
FLEX 1 Jordan Sasser CROSS-FLEXED from Tracia & Hillary
FLEX 2 James Dawson VIII FLEXED from Luka Runecraft
FLEX 3 Manny Torres CROSS-FLEXED from Tracia & Hillary
Best of Worst 1
Best of Worst 2 Sonika Viad
Vote for the Worst 1
Vote for the Worst 2
Vote for the Worst 3

TOP 24

1 Jeneve Mitchell
2 Shelbie Z ELIMINATED
3 Jenn Blosil
4 Amelia Eisenhauer ELIMINATED
5 La’Porsha Renae
FLEX 1 Jordan Sasser ELIMINATED
FLEX 2 James Dawson VIII ELIMINATED
FLEX 3 Manny Torres

TOP 14

1 Jeneve Mitchell ELIMINATED
2
3 Jenn Blosil ELIMINATED
4
5 La’Porsha Renae
FLEX 1
FLEX 2
FLEX 3 Manny Torres ELIMINATED

TOP 10

1 Jeneve Mitchell ELIMINATED
2 Tristan McIntosh CROSS-FLEXED from Holly & Perri
3 Jenn Blosil ELIMINATED
4
5 La’Porsha Renae
FLEX 1 Dalton Rappatoni CROSS-FLEXED from Thia
FLEX 2
FLEX 3 Manny Torres ELIMINATED

TOP 8

1 La’Porsha Renae Initially CROSS-FLEXED from Kathy Roberts
2 Tristan McIntosh
3
4
5
FLEX 1 Dalton Rappatoni
FLEX 2
FLEX 3

TOP 6

1 La’Porsha Renae
2 Tristan McIntosh ELIMINATED
3
4
5
FLEX 1 Dalton Rappatoni
FLEX 2 Trent Harmon CROSS-FLEXED from Tracia & Hillary
FLEX 3

TOP 5
TOP 4

1 La’Porsha Renae
2
3
4
5
FLEX 1 Dalton Rappatoni
FLEX 2 Trent Harmon CROSS-FLEXED from Tracia & Hillary
FLEX 3

FINALE

1 La’Porsha Renae OVERALL RUNNER-UP/FEMALE WINNER
2
3
4
5
FLEX 1 Dalton Rappatoni 3rd PLACE
FLEX 2 Trent Harmon OVERALL WINNER/MALE WINNER
FLEX 3

Back to top

Kendra Ray

 

1 Amelia Eisenhauer (Home)
2 La’Porsha Renae
3 Emily Brooke
4 Sonika Viad
5 Gianna Isabella
FLEX 1 Trent Harmon FLEXED from Glenn Swaringen
FLEX 2 C.J. Johnson FLEXED from Clark Jones
FLEX 3
Best of Worst 1
Best of Worst 2
Vote for the Worst 1
Vote for the Worst 2
Vote for the Worst 3

TOP 24

1 Amelia Eisenhauer (Home) ELIMINATED
2 La’Porsha Renae
3 Emily Brooke ELIMINATED
4 Sonika Viad
5 Gianna Isabella
FLEX 1 Trent Harmon CROSS-FLEXED to Tracia & Hillary
FLEX 2 C.J. Johnson ELIMINATED

TOP 14

1
2 La’Porsha Renae
3
4 Sonika Viad
5 Gianna Isabella
FLEX 1
FLEX 2

TOP 10

1
2 La’Porsha Renae
3
4 Sonika Viad
5 Gianna Isabella ELIMINATED
FLEX 1
FLEX 2

TOP 8
TOP 6

1
2 La’Porsha Renae
3
4 Sonika Viad
5
FLEX 1
FLEX 2

TOP 5

1
2 La’Porsha Renae  OVERALL RUNNER-UP
3
4 Sonika Viad ELIMINATED
5
FLEX 1
FLEX 2

Back to top

Julia Passalt

 

1 Gianna Isabella CROSS-FLEXED from Tracia & Hillary
2 Amelia Eisenhauer
3 Olivia Rox
4 Jenna Renae
5 Sonika Viad
FLEX 1 Adam Lasher FLEXED from Luka Runecraft
FLEX 2
FLEX 3
Best of Worst 1
Best of Worst 2
Vote for the Worst 1
Vote for the Worst 2
Vote for the Worst 3

TOP 24

1 Gianna Isabella
2 Amelia Eisenhauer ELIMINATED
3 Olivia Rox
4 Jenna Renae ELIMINATED
5 Sonika Viad
FLEX 1 Adam Lasher ELIMINATED

TOP 14

1 Gianna Isabella CROSS-FLEXED to Tracia & Hillary
2
3 Olivia Rox
4
5 Sonika Viad
FLEX 1

TOP 10

1
2
3 Olivia Rox ELIMINATED
4
5 Sonika Viad
FLEX 1

TOP 8
TOP 6

1
2
3
4
5 Sonika Viad
FLEX 1

TOP 5

1
2
3
4
5 Sonika Viad ELIMINATED
FLEX 1

Back to top

Lanise White

 

1 Jenn Blosil MOVED to Ava & Kymberly
2 Jenna Renae
3 Tristan McIntosh
4 Emily Brooke
5 Amelia Eisenhauer

TOP 24

1
2 Jenna Renae ELIMINATED
3 Tristan McIntosh
4 Emily Brooke ELIMINATED
5 Amelia Eisenhauer ELIMINATED

TOP 14
TOP 10
TOP 8

1
2
3 Tristan McIntosh
4
5

TOP 6

1
2
3 Tristan McIntosh ELIMINATED
4
5

Back to top

Kathi & Karly Jameson

 

1
2 Jeneve Mitchell
3 La’Porsha Renae
4 Amelia Eisenhauer
5
FLEX 1 Kory Wheeler FLEXED FROM Clark Jones

TOP 24

1
2 Jeneve Mitchell
3 La’Porsha Renae
4 Amelia Eisenhauer ELIMINATED
5
FLEX 1 Kory Wheeler ELIMINATED

TOP 14

1
2 Jeneve Mitchell ELIMINATED
3 La’Porsha Renae  OVERALL RUNNER-UP
4
5
FLEX 1

Back to top

Holly Everman &
Perri Johnson

 

1 Sonika Viad
2 Tristan McIntosh
3 Jeneve Mitchell
4 La’Porsha Renae
5
FLEX 1 Thomas Stringfellow FLEXED FROM Luka Runecraft
FLEX 2 MacKenzie Bourg FLEXED FROM Clark Jones

TOP 24

1 Sonika Viad
2 Tristan McIntosh
3 Jeneve Mitchell
4 La’Porsha Renae
5
FLEX 1 Thomas Stringfellow
FLEX 2 MacKenzie Bourg

TOP 14

1 Sonika Viad
2 Tristan McIntosh CROSS-FLEXED to Ava & Kymberly
3 Jeneve Mitchell ELIMINATED
4 La’Porsha Renae
5
FLEX 1 Thomas Stringfellow ELIMINATED
FLEX 2 MacKenzie Bourg

TOP 10
TOP 8
TOP 6

1 Sonika Viad
2
3
4 La’Porsha Renae
5
FLEX 1
FLEX 2 MacKenzie Bourg

TOP 5

1 Sonika Viad ELIMINATED
2
3
4 La’Porsha Renae
5
FLEX 1
FLEX 2 MacKenzie Bourg

TOP 4

1
2
3
4 La’Porsha Renae  OVERALL RUNNER-UP
5
FLEX 1
FLEX 2 MacKenzie Bourg ELIMINATED

Back to top

Kellie Rock

 

1 Emily Brooke (Home)
2 Sonika Viad
3
4 Jeneve Mitchell
5 Olivia Rox

TOP 24

1 Emily Brooke (Home) ELIMINATED
2 Sonika Viad
3
4 Jeneve Mitchell
5 Olivia Rox

TOP 14

1
2 Sonika Viad
3
4 Jeneve Mitchell ELIMINATED
5 Olivia Rox

TOP 10

1
2 Sonika Viad
3
4
5 Olivia Rox ELIMINATED

TOP 8
TOP 6

1
2 Sonika Viad
3
4
5

TOP 5

1
2 Sonika Viad ELIMINATED
3
4
5

Back to top

Thia Tola

 

1 Olivia Rox HOME
2 Stephany Negrete HOME
3 Amelia Eisenhauer
4
5 Tristan McIntosh
FLEX 1 Dalton Rapattoni FLEXED from Clark Jones
FLEX 2

TOP 24

1 Olivia Rox
2 Stephany Negrete ELIMINATED
3 Avalon Young
4
5 Tristan McIntosh
FLEX 1 Dalton Rapattoni
FLEX 2

TOP 14

1 Olivia Rox
2
3 Avalon Young
4
5 Tristan McIntosh
FLEX 1 Dalton Rapattoni CROSS-FLEXED to Ava & Kymberly
FLEX 2

TOP 10

1 Olivia Rox ELIMINATED
2
3 Avalon Young
4
5 Tristan McIntosh

TOP 8

1
2
3 Avalon Young ELIMINATED
4
5 Tristan McIntosh

TOP 6

1
2
3
4
5 Tristan McIntosh ELIMINATED

Back to top

Tracia Ward &
Hillary Matthewson

 

1 Jenna Renae
2 Olivia Rox
3
4 Tristan McIntosh
5 Jeneve Mitchell
FLEX 1 Jordan Sasser CHOSEN as an Alex & Sierra pick
(auditioned with his wife, Alexandra)
CROSS-FLEXED to Ava & Kymberly
FLEX 2 Manny Torres FLEXED from Archibald Coolranch
CROSS-FLEXED to Ava & Kymberly
FLEX 3
Best of Worst 1
Best of Worst 2
Vote for the Worst 1
Vote for the Worst 2
Vote for the Worst 3

TOP 24

1 Jenna Renae ELIMINATED
2 Gianna Isabella CROSS-FLEXED from Julia Passalt
3 Olivia Rox
4 Tristan McIntosh
5 Jeneve Mitchell
FLEX 1 Trent Harmon CROSS-FLEXED from Kendra Ray

TOP 14

1
2 Gianna Isabella
3 Olivia Rox
4 Tristan McIntosh
5 Jeneve Mitchell ELIMINATED
FLEX 1 Trent Harmon

TOP 10

1
2 Gianna Isabella ELIMINATED
3 Olivia Rox ELIMINATED
4
5
FLEX 1 Trent Harmon

TOP 8
TOP 6

1
2
3
4
5
FLEX 1 Trent Harmon

TOP 5

1
2
3
4
5
FLEX 1 Trent Harmon CROSS-FLEXED to Ava & Kymberly

Back to top

Kathy Roberts

 

1 La’Porsha Renae
2 Emily Brooke
3 Jenna Renae
4 Olivia Rox
5 Jenna Renae
FLEX 1 Lee Jean

TOP 24

1 La’Porsha Renae
2 Emily Brooke ELIMINATED
3 Jenna Renae ELIMINATED
4 Olivia Rox
5
FLEX 1 Lee Jean

TOP 14

1 La’Porsha Renae CROSS-FLEXED to Ava & Kymberly
2
3
4 Olivia Rox
5
FLEX 1 Lee Jean

TOP 10

1
2
3
4 Olivia Rox ELIMINATED
5
FLEX 1 Lee Jean

TOP 8

1
2
3
4
5
FLEX 1 Lee Jean ELIMINATED

Back to top

Luka Runecraft

 

1 James Dawson VIII FLEXED to Ava & Kymberly
2 Thomas Stringfellow FLEXED to Holly & Perri
3 Adam Lasher FLEXED to Julia Passalt
4
5

Back to top

Clark Jones

 

1 Kory Wheeler FLEXED to Kathi & Karly
2 Dalton Rapattoni FLEXED to Thia
3 C.J. Johnson FLEXED to Kendra
4 Mackenzie Bourg FLEXED to Holly & Perri

Back to top

Archibald Coolranch

 

1 Lee Jean FLEXED to Kathy Roberts
2 Manny Torres FLEXED to Tracia & Hillary
3
4
5

Back to top

Glenn Swaringen

 

1 Trent Harmon FLEXED to Kendra Ray
2
3
4
5

Back to top

06Apr/16
VFTG Encourages You to Vote for La'Porsha Renae

American Idol Series Finale: What You Need To Know

VFTG Encourages You to Vote for La'Porsha Renae

When do the series finale of American Idol start?

The series finale of American Idol starts at 8 PM Eastern Wednesday April 6 and Thursday April 7.

Who are the Vote for the Girls Picks?

There are currently three picks (all on Team Ava & Kymberly) with La’Porsha Renae, Trent Harmon, and Dalton Rappatoni. However, as in years past the Vote for the Worst picks will be revealed at 11:35 PM Eastern on April 7 (or until all male contestants are eliminated).

With the elimination of Mackenzie Bourg last week and Trent Harmon being cross-flexed to Ava & Kymberly, Ava & Kymberly have a double VFTG Victory.

Voting information:

Here are the voting details ahead of Wednesday’s Finale. We are endorsing La’Porsha Renae to win it all since she is the last woman standing. We know Ava & Kymberly is the winning moderator no what happens.

Vote for Dalton Rapattoni:

  • Text 5 to 21523
  • Call 1-866-IDOLS-05 (1-866-436-5705)
  • Google Search “American Idol”
  • SuperVote online at AmericanIdol.com or via FOX NOW app

Vote for La’Porsha Renae:

  • Text 8 to 21523
  • Call 1-866-IDOLS-08 (1-866-436-5708)
  • Google Search “American Idol”
  • SuperVote online at AmericanIdol.com or via FOX NOW app

Vote for Trent Harmon:

  • Text 10 to 21523
  • Call 1-866-IDOLS-10 (1-866-436-5710)
  • Google Search “American Idol”
  • SuperVote online at AmericanIdol.com or via FOX NOW app

Who are the Vote for the Worst Picks?

There are no moderators’ Vote for the Worst picks due to the moderator panel making flex picks for American Idol 15. However, as in years past the Vote for the Worst picks will be revealed at 11:35 PM Eastern on April 7 (or until all male contestants are eliminated).

In the meantime, the moderator panel made their Vote for the Girls picks and 11 flex picks on the final season of American Idol .

01Apr/16

DOUBLE VFTG VICTORY: American Idol 15! Ava & Kymberly

After Ava & Kymberly decided to use their final flex pick on Trent Harmon and asked the fans in Indiana and Colorado to vote for La’Porsha Renae to hopefully make an all-Mississippi American Idol finale.

Double VFTG Victory

Tonight, Ava Zinn and Kymberly Alvaraz had their 3rd Double Vote for the Girls victory with La’Porsha Renae, along with the two flex picks of  Trent Harmon (cross-flexed from Tracia & Hillary) and Dalton Rappatoni on the final season of American Idol. Here is the American Idol 15 Top 3 Double VFTG Victory right here.

Unfortunately with the elimination of Mackenzie Bourg, Holly Everman and Perri Johnson no longer have any remaining American Idol picks, and therefore Ava and Kymberly will be the winning moderator of American Idol 15 no matter what happens.

Vote for the Girls April Fools Day Special: GUYS RULE!

WTOR (FDT) CBS 41

The male news staff at WTOR-FTV CBS 41 and the Vote for the Girls villains are trading places with the Vote for the Girls moderators all this week.

All this week, the Vote for the Girls villains (Archibald, Glenn, Luka, and Clark)  are taking over as moderators with some guests as part of an April Fools’ Day Prank between the main moderator panel and NoSirGifts’ flagship venue in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Ava Zinn and Perri Johnson will be trading places with Luka Runecraft and Clark Jones on the red team while Holly Everman and Kymberly Alvaraz trade places with Archibald Coolranch and Glenn Swaringen.

As for Kathi, Karly, Kendra, Julia, Danni, Lanise, Tracia, Hillary, Kellie, Kathy, and Thia… All of them are anchoring all of WTOR-FTV’s newscasts all this week.

La’Porsha declared Female Winner of American Idol 15 1-866-436-5708

As Ryan Seacrest announced that Dalton Rappatoni was the fourth person in the American Idol 15 Top 4, Sonika Vaid was elimnated and left La’Porsha Renae as the female winner. Yet please call 1-866-436-5708 every week until the finale performances for the overall VFTG Victory.

We cannot let La’Porsha down and allow an all-male finale let alone an all-male top 3 to happen . La’Porsha must win it all