Life, Love, and Passports

This is…American idol!

So Philip Phillips was crowned the American idol and I was well happy with the result. There were quite a few murmurs on social networking sites following this announcement. I found it quite sad that quite a lot of the discussion came down to ethnicity. The major problem with the competition in my humble opinion and I’ve watched enough of these shows to see right through it. People seem to be complaining about the winners who are in fact chosen by the viewers. Surely the viewers can’t all be wrong.

The biggest problem I have with the competition is the actual formula which seems to require that the judges fill the top 12 with at least one of the following characters. Country singers, really young contestants, eye candy (though usually not very talented), gospel singers (preferably african american male), crazy hair contestants, struggling musicians and last but not least the twenty something singer with a guitar (preferably white male)!

So while many are disheartened about Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet not triumphing in all honesty they failed to crack the competition because they just didn’t get any better. The biggest crime they committed was becoming the proverbial one trick pony. Joshua and his incessant “soul screech” and Jessica and her “diva growl” just failed to evolve into original pop stars. Philip on the other hand started off as a “Dave Matthews clone” but steadily found his originality and in my opinion this is what gave him the edge (gosh I sound like Jimmy Iovine!)

That friends is my take from the comfort of my couch. Lets see what 2013 drags in though I suspect it will much the same… different toppings same recipe!


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