Until the finale, folks are voting for the contestant that they want to
see continue. But, I believe that on that last night, the dynamic
changes. No longer forced to choose one person that they want to see
win, the audience can effectively vote AGAINST the person that they
don't want to see win. In the case of season two this might have
happened. There may have been some folks who voted for myself or Ruben
because they didn't like the other of us. I was the nerdy little girly
boy who some didn't want to see win, so they may have voted for Ruben.
I don't know. .. But again, I feel that Ruben and I were fairly
matched. We both had our detractors and negatives, but I feel we were
both very worthy of being on that stage in that moment, and either of
us would have been worthy of winning. The show was different then, and
folks made it in seasons 1-3 because they were "real" people who
happened to sing/entertain well. But, somewhere along the way, AI
stopped being about real people.
In a battle between David and Goliath, my money is on David!
I think many voters got sick of being "told who to vote for". I
think many were turned off by the blatant favoritism shown towards one
contestant. Therefore, on that last night, they used their votes
against a contestant that they were tired of hearing about and for the
contestant who had been written off. And, at the same time, I think
they voted AGAINST an American Idol
that has, for four years now, been more about the slick productions and
polished contestants than it has been about finding the raw talent that
it did in its first three seasons.
Those votes for Kris were also votes to return the show to its roots
of finding "real" contestants with undiscovered talent and giving them
the chance to grow and shine. They were votes that said "we're tired of
seeing contestants who already seem to know it all".
Will American Idol choose to listen to the resounding and clarion
call that those voters gave them?…. "Enough with the pretention. More
Rubens, more Clays, more Fantasias and Tamyras and Kellys please." My
faith has always been in the voters. I think they have gotten it right
every year (mine included). It's now up to American Idol to decide if
it will finally REALLY listen to the folks that keep it on the air.
Not attractive. But it makes you think about the similarities and differences between Aiken and Lambert. They're both closeted drama queen second-place Idol contestants with sexualized photos that surfaced on the internet. It's just that Adam doesn't seem to care.