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Friday, April 8, 2011

An American Idol Proposition

The thing about Pia was that most people liked her, but she was few people's favorite. She should have gotten a chance to become a favorite, due to talent and skill. But she got voted off in last night's shocking and unfair elimination. We're pretty disappointed in America right now. Ern may swear off the rest of the season out of sheer offendedness.

We think American Idol should have people vote for the person who should go home. Vote for the worst, and whoever gets the most votes goes. That would give the good people a chance to gain a following (Pia, Jennifer Hudson) and get rid of the worst people first. Most people can't agree on who is the favorite, but most people can agree on who is among the worst.

Sidenote: The other blogger has actually done something like that by voting for everyone BUT the person she thinks is the worst. One vote for everyone else is basically a negative vote for the other person, right?

What say you?


  1. I like the vote for the worst idea. I think they probably started doing it the other way out of naive optimism that people would vote for the best singer on the night, rather than simply power voting for their favorite each week regardless of how that contestant does.

    I'm also really annoyed about this Pia thing, and if I had hopeful thoughts going into the season about a potential female victory, I'm feeling less and less confident that this show can ever produce another female winner. Neither Lauren nor Haley is going to win this thing. That said, I'm THIS CLOSE to jumping on the Haley bandwagon (in spite of my early aversion) just because she's a lady!

  2. We're going to try to get you to jump on that Haley wagon: Our biggest beef with Haley is that she growls up to her high notes to get them (as you pointed out). But we've heard her in-studio recordings, and she hardly does that in those. That's an insurance policy to make sure the nerves don't kill the notes when she's live. We'll buy it, because she is consistently on-key.

    As for the sexiness- we like to see someone trying to work a natural, unconventional look. So we forgive her for that.

    Plus, she's a lady. :)

  3. Haha! The "sexiness" still bums me out, but I'm totally convinced that she's actually completely lacking bodily self-awareness, which is why she moves so awkwardly onstage. The "scootching" off the piano in "Bennie and the Jets" is one of my all-time favorite examples of this, and it's amazing that with this one little moment of awkwardness, Haley went from totally repulsive to me to a little endearing. She's winning me over!

  4. I think one of the bad changes this season was online voting for free as many times as you want. I don't mind the free part, but as many times as you want? Don't get it.

  5. I do not doubt Pia’s talents; however she was not able to pull off an American Idol win. She sung adult contemporary all the time (very well) but that is not the type of audience who watches and especially not the type of audience who votes for American Idol. Yes, she did one upbeat song, but it was too little too late.

    Further, she had a ‘bitchiness’ quality in her look. Sure she was always pleasant when she spoke and she spoke with humility however, as she sat on the couches, paraded around the stage sung her songs etc she had a certain vibe about her that was well….icy. Keep in mind that most of your voters on AI are pre-teen/younger teen females. These teenagers do not abide by the bitchiness. *(I teach teenagers on a daily basis – yes they will watch certain shows that portray this behavior but rarely do they support the behavior therefore the will not vote for someone they think has it). These pre-teen/teenaged girls want to see themselves on the stage, a girl next door, wholesome, cutsy, at times awkward.

    Overall she did not relate to her voting demographic. Not in what she decided to sing, or in how she portrayed her image.

    * just my 2 cents and the 2 cents of my students.

  6. Sadly, you're right about a lot of that. Pia looked like girls who are usually bitches. We compared her to a stepford wife earlier. You need to be personable, charismatic, and less stiff on the Idol stage to go too far.

    It looks like most of your pre-teen/younger teen females are all about the nice guys, whether they can sing or not.

  7. that is very true - my students much prefer to vote for a boy because he is 'dreamy' (my word not theirs) rather than the talent of said male or even the competing females.