By Mike Ullery
I was given some advice many years ago about a difference between men and
women. This sage advice has never proven itself more than in the past two
What was the advice? Women, I was told, when faced with an important
decision, are far more likely to react based on emotion than on reality.
That does not mean that the females of our species are not capable of
basing a decision on facts, just that they are more likely to react
The next issue is that while most everyone who enjoys music knows what
they like best, few are even remotely qualified to really and truly judge
I have seen no figures to support my theory, but am willing to bet that
the following is factual. Far more females than males cast votes for their
favorites on American Idol.
There is no doubt that the remaining finalists on American Idol 2011 are,
far and away, the most talented group in the history of the show, but when
it comes down to it, only one can be the next American Idol.
From the time that the finalists were announced, I told my wife that Paul
would be relatively safe. While his voice is unique, and I am sure that he
is a nice guy, his singing is not even in the same league with a few of
the other contestants. Not to mention that he dances like a guy with
electrodes attached to his private parts. Sorry ladies, but he just
doesn’t cut it. The problem is that women vote for him because they think
he is cute.
Sorry, all of you Paul fans, but I consider him the weakest of the
Let’s see, what is another female-type emotion? Ah, yes … jealousy. Ah,
come on now, we all know how women can be. Face it, Pia is cute. Heck, she
is downright good looking. Many women are jealous of other women. Why, you
ask? Heck, if I actually understood women …
So, it is time to vote. On one hand, you have a decent-looking guy who
sings, well, okay, but the word “unique” seems to best describe his voice.
While dancing, or at least moving with the music is not a deal breaker on
Idol, one would think that it should be included in the judgment of
overall performance. Just come right out and say it, Paul couldn’t do the
hokey-pokey and look comfortable.
On the other hand, you have Pia. Okay, she hasn’t exactly looked like a
contender for Dancing with the Stars, but from the moment she tried out
for Idol, I have yet to hear one, that’s right, one, missed note. She is
in a league all her own among female performers this year.
The same tonal accuracy can be said about a couple of the male singers,
but Pia was the only female that was … perfect, vocally. Yet, the women of
America voted her off the show.
What does all of this mean? What is the moral of my opinions?
Quite simply, it means that, if American Idol is really and truly a talent
competition meant to identify the best of the best in a given season, then
the decision should not, repeat not, be left up to “America.”
Some of the changes made by Idol producers prior to this season have
breathed new life into the show. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez joining
Randy are the best group of judges in the history of the program. Idol was
set to get its second wind and look at another ten years.
I know that the audience participation thing is popular. What a fitting
word … popular. For Idol has turned into a popularity contest with teeny
boppers voting hundreds of times … for what? Are they voting for the most
talented singer? No, they are voting for the cutest guy.
“America” has taken all of the legitimacy out of American Idol. If you
want legitimate, take the voting out of “America’s” hand and put it back
into the hands of people who know the business.
Like that is really going to happen. After all, this is America, where
ratings and selling ads are always far more important than truth and accuracy.