Super Girl, the enormously popular Chinese version of American Idol, was shut down permanently by government censors after its season finale.
One suggested reason? The voting process, in which viewers determined who moves on in the show, was too democratic.
From the New York Times:
Others suggested that the show’s reliance on voting by audience members was dangerously democratic. Such conjecture is not far-fetched: regulators banned text-message voting from viewers in 2007, forcing the show to largely limit audience participation to those inside the cavernous television studio.