27 January 2013 1:30 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Four "American Idol" finalists from different seasons -- two of whom are black -- insist the singing competition is many things ... but racist is Not one of them.TMZ broke the story ... nine black ex-contestants are planning to sue "Idol" producers, claiming the contestants were publicly disqualified based on their dubious criminal backgrounds ... solely because they're African-American.But Season 6 finalist Melinda Doolittle adamantly disagrees, telling TMZ, "It is shocking to see such allegations. In my experience on the show, »

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