American Idol Fan No More

Whether you’re a fan or not, if you read the newspaper, watch the news, listen to the radio, or connect to the Internet, you likely heard the buzz about Pia Toscano being voted off American Idol. I’ve been watching the show for years, and have seen some pretty whacky decisions by the voters, but none has matched the absurdity of this stunning event. I know that it may sound ridiculous for me to feel so strongly about a reality show. With what’s going on in the world, there are far more important issues to be concerned about. But when you watch Idol week after week, it’s easy to feel an attachment to the contestants. Besides, it also serves as an escape from all the tragedies and injustices in the world. 

I, like every other fan, don’t always agree with the way America votes. After all, music, like any art form is highly subjective. However, that Pia Toscano could possibly rank dead last among a group of nine singers seems statistically impossible. This gal could stand toe-to-toe with Celine Dion and give her a run for the money. When a squeaky-voiced guy like Paul MacDonald, singing like Rod Stewart on helium, didn’t even rank in the bottom three, something is terribly wrong. Are you kidding me? 

Now there are a growing number of people participating in a movement called Vote For The Worst (VFTW). Their goal, without reason or logic, is to vote for the worst Idol contestant thereby distorting the results and virtually making them invalid. If I remember correctly, Howard Stern started this movement a few years ago, and if you know anything about Stern, you can understand why he would promote such an outlandish idea. 

But even if the skewed voting stacked the deck and produced undeserved votes for Paul MacDonald, which kept him off the bottom three, how does that reduce the number of legitimate votes for Pia or any other contestant? There has to be more to the story. 

I am angry and disappointed that Pia was unjustly voted off Idol. But there’s a brighter picture. The world is buzzing over this decision, and buzz gets attention. I will bet my favorite pair of argyle socks that this beautiful, talented young woman ends up with a big fat recording contract even more lucrative than what she would have received as the Idol winner. In fact, she’s likely already received an avalanche of calls. If I was a record producer, I’d sign her without a second thought. Considering the number of fans supporting her, I guarantee that her first album will go platinum. I’d buy it in a New-York minute. The cream always rises to the top. You haven’t heard the last from Pia Toscano.


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