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American Idol Controversy?

April 14, 2011 - Kim Collette
Controversy at American Idol. What else is new? Tonight is another elimination round on AI. Will we see another shocking elimination? Let's try to make sense of what happened last Thursday.

In case you don't know, songbird Pia Toscano was voted out of the contest last week. Pia was considered one of this year's best vocalists and early frontrunner to be the next American Idol. So what went wrong? Here are my theories.

1. THE JUDGES---No Simon Cowell equals no constructive criticism. Although I think Jennifer and Steven are great editions to the judging panel, they sugarcoat all of the comments to the contestants. And while, yes, this is a much nicer show to watch, the judges are supposed to be helping America choose the best singer. According to this panel, all of them are great singers and should win. In other words, without Simon and his crew trying to manipulate viewers to keep the contestants that ARE the best, this is now what you get America. better get used to it.

My second complaint with last week's elimination show was the judges reaction to Pia being eliminated. They chose to use the "judges save" on Casey weeks earlier. If they really didn't want a great vocalist like Pia out of the contest, maybe, just maybe they should have been a bit more "judicious" in using their ONLY save of the season. Just a thought judges, don't be mad at the American public and say we aren't "passionate" because of YOUR mistake in using the save so soon.

2. THE VIEWERS---Although I consider Pia a fantastic singer, throughout the competition I didn't hear too many fans overly praise her. Yes, they said she was a good singer, but they didn't love her. Some comments were she can only sing ballands. She is robotic and boring on stage. And, the viewers really aren't voting on who they would like to see go home. They in essence are voting for who they want to stay. Therefore, some strange going on's happen at the bottom of the ballot. Please ask Chris Daughtry, Constantine Maroulis or Jennifer Hudson about Idol voting. Pia wasn't the first to go home early and will probably not be the last.

3. ASSUMED WINNER SYNDROME----This happens by both the contestant and the viewing/voting public. Pia seemed to assume that she WAS in fact going to be the winner. It almost seemed to me that she looked almost bored with the competition and was "going through the phases" until the end. On the flip side, maybe the viewers too assumed she was going to be safe so no one picked up their phone to call or text their votes.

4. GIRLS DON'T VOTE FOR GIRLS---Basically, this means that teenage girls have crushes and will vote for the guys to stay. This is just a fact of Idol life these days. This year's recipients of the "Girl Crush Movement" are probably Scotty, James, Stefano and Paul. Each year the girls get plucked off one by one like petals on a flower.

With all of that said, I still watched Idol last night. And, I still think this is one of the best seasons of American Idol. And no, I was not upset that Pia got eliminated. As I would say, "It is what it is." Last night's show did not suffer because Pia wasn't there. There will still be an American Idol and the show will go on.

Until next time friends.


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