American Idol -Awkward Finale !

May 21, 2009

Adam Lambert should be the American Idol because he was the most talented and the truth about Kris's underdog victory lies somewhere between the rhetoric of Lindsay Parker, who made the following observations:

I started to believe that there was a subtle cultural shift going on in this country. I mean, if a black, Democratic president could be elected in 2008, then surely a black-nail-polished, androgynous Idol could win in 2009, right? Yes he could!

Well, that did not happen. In perhaps the biggest upset in AmIdol history, the competition's darkest dark horse, the little contestant that could, the tortoise to Adam's hare--Kris Allen--took home the Idol title tonight.

But you know, maybe it wasn't such an "upset" after all. Maybe it was foolish of me to think that a copiously mascara'd, leather-sheathed, rock-operatic free spirit from Southern California could actually beat out a clean-cut, happily married church worship leader from Arkansas who kind of looks like Joey from Friends.

Then again...maybe Adam's defeat had NOTHING to do with any sort of liberal/conservative, guyliner/guy-next-door cultural divide after all. Maybe it was just all the over-the-top weekly hype surrounding Adam that created an unfortunate but inevitable backlash--especially the judges' blatant favoritism, which even I will admit was a bit much and would have bothered me a lot if I hadn't so wholeheartedly agreed with the judges or personally found Adam so uniquely deserving of such fawning. But perhaps Lambertmania turned off a lot of other voters, or made voters assume that Adam didn't "need" this victory as much as underdog Kris did.

Whatever the reason, I don't want Allen fans to think I have anything against Kris. I believe Kris is talented and authentic, and I'm glad he made it to the finale instead of any number of other contestants (like Danny Gokey, Lil Rounds, Scott MacIntyre, Anoop Desai--but NOT Allison Iraheta, whom I adored). I think Kris was a worthy opponent for Adam. I just don't think he deserved to WIN.

I honestly think America (or, more specifically, America's Danny Gokey fans, who possibly defected to Kris's side after Gokey left and effectively bridged that million-vote gap between Adam and Kris) got it very wrong here.

I will just take solace in the fact that a) Adam Lambert will get a record deal anyway; b) not winning may allow Adam to have more creative control over his debut album, and thus he'll release more genuinely freak-flag-flying material; c) Adam won't have to release that insipid "No Boundaries" as his first single; and d) Adam will probably outsell Kris in the long run.

The personal opinion of the silent majority is that Adam's fate was decided on the eve of the voting, when ABC News published a story under the Heading, Adam Lambert: America's First Gay 'Idol'?" It looks like the "mainstream media" is still a powerful manipulator, but that ought to give both Kris Allen and Adam Lambert heart. Adam Lambert is in fact the true American Idol, Kris Allen knows it, America knows it, we know it, and as far as we are concerned, ABC News is irrelevant when substance is overcome by ignorant media headlines.

To be clear, ABC news was not alone -they do not deserve all the credit for manipulating the public. On May 1, 2009, the headline by Eloise Parker, of the New York Daily News, was "Could Adam Lambert become the first gay or bisexual 'American Idol'?"

We all know the answer to that don't we? If the question was "Is Adam Lambert more gifted or talented than Kris is?" -well, we all know the answer to that question as well.

The funniest post-mortem was provided by the Toronto Star's, Debra Yeo, who wrote, "There will undoubtedly be some observers who feel last night's result was a repudiation of his sexual orientation, since Lambert is widely believed to be gay (something he neither confirmed nor denied). But the truth could be less sinister."

Unfortunately, the truth is often sinister, the potential and actual depravity that bias generates cannot be seriously disputed, but the media's accomplished capacity to invent the truth invariably dominates. That's why you rarely get the truth in the mainstream media, but the stories are certainly very entertaining -just like, American Idol !

On Friday morning, May 22nd, 2009, Adam was asked if he thought the media reports about his sexuality might have affected the voting. And this is what he had to say: "Uh, you know, probably," laughed Adam, short and sweet.


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