Once again, we’ve reached that point in the American Idol competition where the voting trends seem to defy all logic and reason.
From a relatively objective point of view, two excellent singers, Nadia Turner and Anwar Robinson, have been sent home, and two mediocre (at best) singers still remain among the top six contestants. Some fans of the show are up in arms, unable to cope with the fact that we’ll be subjected to at least one more week of the song stylings of Anthony Fedorov and Scott Savol. In particular, Mr. Savol seems to have struck a negative chord with many viewers.
Last season, we were in a similar situation, with crooner John Stevens and the pretty-but-vapid Jasmine Trias inexplicably outlasting far more talented performers like Jennifer Hudson.
Much print has been devoted to the voting dynamics of the show, but it seems that something is happening that the show’s producers probably weren’t counting on: some fans are purposely voting for the singer whom they deem to be the “worst.”
Witness the web site “Vote For The Worst,” with it’s tongue-in-cheek mission statement:
This show is not about finding the next big superstar. Your favorite contestant probably won’t win, and will probably get a record contract anyway if they’re good enough. LaToya London had an amazing voice last season and she didn’t make it past 4th place. Fantasia won the competition and her record sales are dismal because 19 Entertainment barely even promotes her. What a great “prize”.
TV is supposed to be about the entertainment value, and what’s more entertaining than a fish out of water outlasting the big fish and sharks? This pledge is to keep whoever we’ve selected as the worst competitor in the competition by voting for them for the entire time alotted every week. Even if you live outside of America, tell people about the pledge and spread the word. At the top of this page, we will post a banner with the contestant that we’re supporting. If you so choose, vote along with us and help keep the no talent of the week in the competition.
For the time being, the “Vote For The Worst” crew has thrown their support behind contestant Scott Savol, and quite a few fans seem to be on board.
Now, will these renegade voters actually alter the outcome of the finals? Unlikely. With consistently more than 30 million votes cast each week, and far more in the finals, it would be hard for such an effort to swing the needle once the competition gets down to the final 3-4 competitors. But in earlier weeks, when there are more choices and the voting is closer, it’s somewhat easier for these folks to make a difference. The only real question is how many of the “good” singers will get sent home while the “worst” remain.Powered by Sidelines