Saturday, June 04, 2005

American Idol Voting Conspiracy

I had almost lost total faith in humanity (not really) when I heard that the American Idol results were fixed. Johnjay and Rich say it's true so it must be. (scoff) On their Tucson-based broadcast -- once noted as one of the top morning radio shows in the country, according to Radio and Record Magazine -- the DJs claimed the Idol album predicted the winners of the show all along.

Considering the album had to have been cut weeks ago, that would mean the entire show was fixed from the start, right? At least a month to put the album into production, perhaps. Album release date on Amazon.com? May 17, 2005. Huh! Only a week to go before the show ends. Show finale? May 25, 2005. Hmmmm. Could be. Could be.

I don't own the album, but I decided to test this theory anyway. I compared the Idol tracks listed on Amazon.com with results on the official show site. So here goes...

1. Independence Day - Carrie Underwood (Winner On 5/25/05)
2. I Don't Want to Be - Bo Bice (Voted Off 5/25/05)
3. Best of My Love - Vonzell Solomon (Voted Off 5/18/05)
4. A House Is Not A Home - Anwar Robinson (Voted Off 4/20/05)
5. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - Nadia Turner (Voted Off 4/13/05)
6. Part-Time Lover - Nikko Smith (Voted Off 4/6/05)
7. My Funny Valentine - Constantine Maroulis (Voted Off 4/27/05)
8. Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Jessica Sierra (Voted Off 3/30/05)
9. Everytime You Go Away - Anthony Fedorov (Voted Off 5/11/05)
10. Against All Odds - Scott Savol (Voted Off 5/4/05)
11. Knock on Wood - Lindsey Cardinale (Voted Off 3/16/05)
12. God Bless the Child - Mikalah Gordon (Voted Off 3/24/05)

I guess if you only looked at the first three tracks, you could claim something was up. But the remaining tracks reveal a much different story than hinted at by DJs and blog gossips.

A month ago, it became pretty clear who was going to make it to the final three. (Yeah, sure! I say that now! Ha! Great hindsight.) If Constantine had washed his hair more often, he might not have been voted off on April 27. We crossed our fingers that arrogant Scott would soon be put out of his, and our, misery. He cemented his final place in mediocrity on May 4. And we knew shallow American viewers would only let hole-in-the-throat boy go so far, despite his amazing story and fortitude. Anthony's claim to fame vanished on May 11.

Those critical eliminations out of the way, there was just enough time for RCA, the music-savvy judges and the American Idol producers to collectively decide the album order, if that's how it happened. And that's my theory.

Well, so much for conspiracies. Back to something more reliable, like my current issue of the National Enquirer.

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1 comment:

Trevor said...

Faith in humanity? Why would you ever even consider such a concept?

American Idol? Another show I have zero time for.

National Enquirer? Always mix with Scotch on the rocks. :)