Idol is a Mere Popularity Contest, Not a Singing Contest
I admit, I am burned up. One of my very favorites on this season was given the boot tonight.
I read a lot of blogs, reviews, summaries on Idol as I am a big fan. But I never vote. So I can blame me.
Although from all the analysts weighing in on these important Idol matters, I am not the demographic that votes.
It’s the teenyboppers. And that is why these same media analysts say that a girl will never win again. And why they say this is more of a popularity contest.
I will put it out there right now – Scotty – this year’s teen dream, is a lock to win the season. Not because he is the best. Because he is the favorite of the voting demographic. It’s all about numbers really.
I have no doubt Pia will get a record deal. She reminded me of Carrie Underwood, who I had predicted would win her season. Great voice, low on the performer. Look at Underwood now – all her personality is out on display. Idol is a bit intimidating, don’t you think. Pia admitted she was scared to death every week. She is a regular girl -not yet a performer – with a great set of pipes. You go, Pia.
In the meantime, if you look back on seasons immediately past, the guy heartthrob of the teenies won every time. Not a girl winning since, well since Jordan Sparks? Or Carrie Underwood.
There are only two girls left. They will be gone soon too. Then the guys will have to fight it out among those girl voters, but we already know who will win.
Much of the criticism about Idol in recent years is that it is not so much a talent show, but a popularity contest. And that it is.
So I blame myself, and all the women like me who adored Pia but did not vote.
I blame the judges too. What happens on a year where there is no Simon to bring everyone back to some real criticism is that it becomes even more about who is popular, not the most talented. Simon at least tried to steer us that way.
I also blame Gwen Stefani. She styled the girls and they all looked like her – that tacky, hair bump-it, over-lipsticked, silly clothing look. Pia did not look like lovely Pia – she looked like a brunette Gwen Stefani. (So did Lauren) YUK. The few men that vote on the hot girls, did not vote for Pia after seeing her in that ridiculous romper, harsh hair, and super red lips. The soft lips, hair and sequins work much better for her.
So there you have it. We can continue to watch knowing that all the analysts are right, and that our favorites won’t win. Or we can find something else to do and download our favorites’s tunes.