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American Idol: It’s Still The Season of The Female Winner, Right?

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This week on American Idol, we said goodbye to Siobhan Magnus. I was so shocked when she was eliminated, because for one thing, I had her pegged to go out around the Top Three. I just don't understand what is going on with the voting this year. You have Mike Lynche, Casey James, and Siobhan in the bottom three. Not that I don't agree with that bottom three, I just had someone else in mind to go home this week.

I am pretty bummed out that Siobhan was eliminated, because I really wanted to see her make a "comeback," if you will. I think with her performance this week, she was making strides. (Yes, even with the scream-a-palooza going on at the end of her song.) Also, next week the Idols are singing the music of Frank Sinatra, and I think Siobhan would have been able to step up and show why she should be in this competition.

I do think if the judges hadn't thrown away the save on Mike a few weeks ago that they would have more than likely used the save tonight on Siobhan. They still had time to use it. The elimination of Siobhan totally sucked the last of any personality that this season had and needed to be at least somewhat entertaining.

The last female standing, Crystal Bowersox.This was supposed to be the season of the female winner. We are now down to the last female being Crystal Bowersox. She has been the front runner all season long, which should in the end mean that she will be the season nine winner of Idol. However, can anyone remember the last time a front runner actually won?

In season six, Melinda Doolittle was ousted during the Top Three. During season seven, David Archuleta was the runner-up to David Cook and last year Adam Lambert was the runner-up to Kris Allen. Front runners have continued to fall short, and I believe that it has to do with voter complacency. All that aside, I still think that Crystal can win.

There's talk that if Crystal is in the Final Two with Lee Dewyze he may be able to pull off quite the upset. Due to the demographic of voters (hey, females, hey!) who willed David Cook and Kris Allen to pull off upsets in their respective seasons, this could be a possibility. So, how can Crystal still win? Vote for her. It's really that simple. Yes, Lee seems to be getting cuter every week, but on the flip side, week-to-week Crystal has been consistently good in all of her performances. Lee has been slowly coming into his own, yet still struggles with pitch problems. Plus, it's ridiculous to think that Lee will win, because his style is similar to David Cook's and Kris Allen's. He's nowhere near in the same league as those two. They have talent, personality, and charisma on their side. Lee's stage presence is still leaves something to be desired.


Now don't get me wrong, I am a huge supporter of Lee, but this season I am ready for some change. And I think the vibe Crystal has brought to the show this season is welcome, and if and when it comes down to Crystal and most probably Lee in the Final Two, don't be complacent. Vote for Crystal to win. (And this goes for any contestant that you want to stay in the competition, but for the sake of topic at hand, I'm talking about Crystal.) If she's going to pull out the win, the fans are going to have to continue to vote. I guess what I am trying to say is don't count out Crystal, yet. I really think she has a solid chance to still win. There's no reason for Idol to become a boy's club.

What Crystal needs to do on her part is stop with the backtalk to the judges during her critiques, embrace upbeat and contemporary music when the theme allows it, and I believe her fan base will push her through to become the next American Idol.

What did you think about Siobhan's elimination? Do you wish the judges hadn't already used their save? And do you think Crystal still has what it takes to be the last contestant standing?

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  • I have to wonder if the judges kept Mike Lynche around because they’re thought he would be the next Ruben Studdard. He isn’t, of course. Even Aaron, young as he is, sings better. Crystal SHOULD win, she’s the clear best. Lee makes sense for the runnner up. Or Casey.

  • I have no idea why they kept Mike around, especially the week they saved him, they didn’t all like his performance. I don’t know. I wish they had the save to use on Siobhan this week.

  • Siobhan started off the season with some exciting vocals, but for several weeks she followed that with sloppy/mediocre performances. I think the voters were right on this week.

    Didn’t David Cook win by a very wide margin over the elfin lightweight? And deservedly so, too. Voter complacency? And for many of us, Kris Allen’s charming consistency was not a hard choice to make over Lambert’s flashy, entertaining self-indulgent over-the-top screeching diva-ness.

    Congratulations on toning down your Mike-bashing a bit this week. A lot of people obviously disagree with you. I still see him in the top 3.

    I’m not sure I think any of these 5 are going to be comfortable with Sinatra. I hope I’m wrong. Since Mike is the closest thing left to a cabaret/show tune singer, he may have the best chance, or he may just be boring.

  • By the way, your mention of Melinda Doolittle, possibly the best sheer vocalist ever on the show, leads me to complain again that they have never invited her back to sing. Even last year, when she released a pretty good album in February. They’ve certainly had lots of less interesting guest singers on recently.

    I guess her fans skew too old demographically [as I do!]. She has a new autobiography out, and I wish she would find the success she deserves.

  • handyguy: How many more votes David Cook had over David Archuleta isn’t the point I was making, it was the fact that David Archuleta, Melinda Doolittle and Adam Lambert were all the front runners in their respective seasons, and lost in the Final Two. This is something that I hope changes this year, because Crystal is the most talented this season and deserves the win.

    And I haven’t been “bashing” Mike. I have an opinion, which may not match up with yours and that’s okay. I don’t have to like him.

    I do think the Idols have a challenge going into this week, none of their voices suit the style of Sinatra. It should be an interesting week.

  • Cyn

    EXCUSE ME!! David Cook wasn’t exactly the dark horse with no talent who stole the winnings from Archie. He is immensely talented, creative, original & genuine. He also was never in the bottom 3. He was only the surprise winner to Archie fans.

  • Serious

    Have to agree w/ Cyn. David Cook didn’t just come out of nowhere to win over Archie. Even as early as Top 12 & Top 10 weeks Simon & Paula were talking about Cook’s potential for winning. Now Kris Allen did sneak up a bit, but that’s because he was just flying under the Gokey/Lambert hype radar putting out consistent performances and showing growth. Lee is also showing some of that growth from week to week, especially in his confidence. Crystal is consistently brilliant week after week, even with the judges’ odd criticism this week (I agree w/ Crystal, bigger isn’t necessarily better.) Or it’s possible the judges were trying to tone down perceptions that Crystal’s winning is already a foregone conclusion to avoid a backlash or the complacency that got Melinda and Chris Daughtry booted too early. While I’m a big, big fan of Lee, I hope Crystal wins because it’s time for a female winner again. I love David Cook and Kris Allen, but really, should a cute guy with a guitar win three years in a row?

  • Well they were performing Shania Twain songs, so “big” would have been appropriate. Shania doesn’t do low-key. The judges were right: Crystal’s never less than good, but she was less than smashing this week — not just a matter of bigness, but excitement, energy, wow factor.

    I mean, I vote for her [and for Lee] every week anyway. They will have to really screw up not to be the Top Two.

  • Kay C

    Although for the most part I agree with your point about the front runners coming in second, I do think that time has proven that David Cook was the rightful winner of season seven. Archie really hasn’t done much since. I do think his time will come, though, and he will probably have a longer career than Cook, due to his crooning style and his broader (older, younger, religious) audience.

  • I am not saying that David Cook wasn’t the rightful winner of season seven. I voted for him until my thumbs practically fell off. However, in the eyes of the press that season (which I follow pretty closely every season), it was Archie’s win to lose. Which is why in the article, he is deemed the front runner who came up short. That’s all. And btw, Archie wasn’t in the bottom two either. Also, Archie has done a lot with his career since being on Idol. Being the runner up didn’t exactly hurt him. His sophomore album is supposed to be coming out later this year, just like Cook’s.