I don’t usually talk pop culture on here.
Mainly because I’m not always the best person when it comes to pop culture. Also, with so many different opinions in this world, mentioning pop culture isn’t always the best thing to do.
But what happened last night makes me wonder what the people of America are on.
I’ve been watching and have been a fan of American Idol since the first season. I’m not always right when it comes to talent, but I usually have a good idea of where things are going. But, there’s a major flaw in the system and it showed up in full force last night.
One of the people many pegged as a favorite — Pia — was voted off. She had a lot to offer — a beautiful woman with an amazing voice and great range. She’s going to have a recording contract somewhere, so it’s not like she’ll be washing dishes anytime soon. But still, last night proved how ridiculous the system for this show is.
For those of you who watch the show, you know how each week they talk about 41 million votes or however many that is?
That’s not people. It’s votes.
So the same person can sit at home for the two or three hours after the show and hit redial over and over and over to help his or her favorite contestant. In past years, there have been stories about small towns doing campaigns to help their native children by having voting centers. There’s been automatic dialers and everything else.
Instead of a popularity or talent contest, it’s based on who has the fans who will go above and beyond.
Needless to say, this sucks as I really thought she had a chance to win it.
There’s a safety net that the judges have, however. Over the course of the season, the judges can veto one vote off from the fans. What happens then is the person is safe, but the following week, two people get voted off. Either way, it gives the judges the ability to right a wrong.
This time, they couldn’t do it.
In the past, the safety net was never used early because down the line, one of the “big guns” could really get washed. This year, it was in the second week that the judges (including newcomers Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez) cut off Casey during his song to try and win his second chance and said they didn’t even need to think about it — he was saved.
Not for nothing, but Casey has no chance. There’s too many people way more talented than him. He’ll stick around for a while, but eventually he’s going home. And I’ll stick to this — I don’t think he would have been saved if Simon was still a judge as I think he was a person who believed in not wasting the save.
Pia had a chance to win it.
When her name was announced, the looks on the judges faces showed the story — shock. Were they wishing they had that safety net still? Lopez was almost in tears. Randy and Steven were nearly speechless.
Like I said, Pia won’t be slinging fries at McD’s. She’ll be set. She’s amazingly talented and will do well in her career — as will many of these finalists. But it doesn’t take away from the fact that the system for this show isn’t good. It needs fixing.Limit calls (it can be done) from a phone number. Make it a pay number. Do something. People will still watch. People will still vote. But it also will make the playing field a little more even so that something this mind-blowing doesn’t happen too often.
Some other ideas to even it out could be giving the judges a second or third save or coming up with a weighted voted system where the fans vote counts as 1/3 and the judges as 2/3 or something along those lines where there are points given or whatever. These people are judges for a reason — they should have some say in these performances.
I’ll leave you with Pia’s performance from Wednesday night. This was NOT a performance that was the bottom of the pile, that’s for sure.
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