Alright, I'm being a little dramatic here to drive my point home. Me? Dramatic? Oh, just wait...
Round 1: Bobby McGee vs The Boxer, goes to Crystal
Round 2: Black Velvet vs. R.E.M. song, goes to Crystal
Round 3: Up to the Mountain vs. Beautiful Day, goes to Crystal
So, the one who sang better did not win. And I think it's because she's a girl. And that makes a lot of people uncomfortable. But it's why she didn't win. We're programmed at a very young age to make sure the Lees win things. So yes. When everyone says, "he's got the young girls votes," you're right. He does. Because we programmed them to vote for him. Just like you've been programmed to get uncomfortable right now reading this blog. Indeed. And I'm going to make you more uncomfortable when I get to Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert. But I'm not there yet. I'm here, still. Debunking a myth, one runner up at a time. Here goes:
Perpetuated American Idol Myth #1: "The Runner Up always does better...."
*"Blogging for Dummies" says self deprication is a great tool for a successful blog.
It didn't go so well for this runner up either. And if you were now buying into the theory that it's better to finish less than Runner up, let's discuss his castmates that went on to do not so much. Remember Melinda Doolittle? 3rd place. Phil Stacey? Gina Glocksen? Lakisha Jones? It was the season of Sanjaya who went on to "I'm a Celebrity, Get me Outta Here," fame. Jordin Sparks, literally and figuratively proving it pays to win.
Oh, and that's baby Thomas to the left discovering pine cones. Archuleta is even runner up in baby faces.
So the middle of the country voted middle of the road Chris Allen as the winner last year. And NY and LA don't vote much. We just watch. So Adam lost. Because he's gay. And his entire career will be fueled by controversy. Partially of his own doing and partially because what he's doing makes everyone totally uncomfortable.
Will he become the most successful runner up in the history of American Idol? Depends on how we're measuring success. If salacious media coverage is our barometer, then yes. And if we're basing the "runner up" myth on his succss, than I'd say Crystal's in trouble. Cause she can't hold a candle to Adam's histrionics. She's a straight up singer/songwriter with zero controversy. Unless she and Lee turn into the Luke and Laura of American Idol. Which, I swear to god, I can totally see happening. Don't you think they're vibing each other?
Alright, Katie just climbed out of her crib and is rattling the nursery door. No, she's never done that before. Tomorrow's blog... Gotta blast.