Media 15 Mar 2007 06:26 am
I admit to being an “American Idol” watcher.
I say “watcher” because I’m not a fanatic about the show as so many people are. The first season, I didn’t watch at all. The second, I watched with one eye, peering over the top of a book or magazine while contestants performed and the judges vetted. Since then, I’ve put the reading material down and focused on the show when it’s on. And with auditions, three nights of performances and voting and recaps, it’s on a lot.
The show tries to maintain its “everything to everybody” demographics with a broad and diverse cast of singers, and I believe it is subtly (and not so subtly) rigged to keep it this way. Voting remains open “for at least two hours,” or (and this is my interpretation) until the people who need to win, do.
So I’m not surprised that an utterly horrible performer like young Sanjaya Malakar remained last night, even though the person eliminated, Brandon Rogers, was almost as bad. According to Internet reports, Malakar has gained the endorsement of Web site “votefortheworst.com,” which tries to skew results by keeping the worst singers in the competition longer. How successful the organizers are — or why they would go to such lengths — I don’t know.
My vote for 2007 American Idol? Either Lakisha Jones or Melinda Doolittle would be great. I’m betting on Doolittle.