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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

American Idol: May 9 (The Less Cranky Edition)

So, I didn’t see that one coming.

A week or so ago, I picked Chris to win the whole thing. I said (and still believe) that he’s the easiest sell of the bunch and could slot into quite a number of contemporary rock bands seamlessly. Of course, I added that I don’t like his singing, too, but I figure that my taste wasn’t America’s taste.

Now Daughtry is gone and I am shocked.

Shocked, I tell you.

Update: The Pretend Pundit has the answer. Smart guy, that Pretend Pundit.

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May 10 2006 @ 06:58 PM

The Pretend Pundit is wrong. His logic is incorrect. More importantly, his logic directly contradicts the empirical (somewhat anecdotal) evidence. Grok this:

First, based on his analysis, Katharine should have had the highest vote total. She, however, was in the bottom two.

Second, it simply does not follow that men vote for men and women vote for women. You, David, wanted Paris to win and Rebecca Romijn wants Taylor to win. This is obviously a small sample, but think about all of the other people you know that watch AI. How many vote strictly along gender lines? For me the number is zero. I’m guessing that for you the number is similar.

Third, the Pretend Pundit doesn’t explain why Chris got the lowest vote total. His logic would have just as readily explained why Elliot would have lost, had that been the case. No one would have been surprised if that had happened, however.

Here’s the real issue:

People stopped voting for Chris because they assumed that he was going to win.

“Hypothetically” the conversation could have gone something like this:

Wife: Where’s my phone? I need to vote for Elliot.

Me: I thought that you wanted Chris to win?

Wife: I do, but everyone else is going to vote for Chris and Katharine. I want Elliot to stay a little longer so I want to vote for him.

Me: If I understand this correctly, you want Chris to win and you want Elliot to lose but you are going to vote for Elliot.

Wife: Yes. Everyone else is going to vote for Chris so I just want to help boost Elliot’s numbers a little.

The same thing happened last year when Creepy Boy got booted off earlier. People were surprised then, too. Me - not so much.

on May 11 2006 @ 04:59 AM
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May 11 2006 @ 05:35 AM

And, once again, Jerry proves his value.

I wouldn’t actually make any guesses about precisely how gender effects voting preferences except that it seems that the young girl vote seems to go to the cutest guy (with the creepiest gaze). So that would also go against the Pretend Pundit’s electoral view of the vote.

G-phrase would have voted for Paris, too, but it wasn’t gender-related. Some of her musical tastes just run awfully close to my own.

Andy, if I remember correctly, is convinced that it is the all-important southern vote that dictates the winners (which, in part, explains Taylor) and I’m a believer that the hotness factor won’t get you a win but keeps you in the game to the bitter end (which, in part, explains the lone remaining woman). Could that many people really have abandoned Chris to vote for Elliott, though?

Because, I’ll be honest, I really don’t see his appeal. He isn’t particularly attractive (Katherine and Chris), he isn’t charismatic (Taylor and Chris), he doesn’t have a great voice (?), and he doesn’t seem to have a big built-in fan base. Since I didn’t watch, I have no idea how well he performed. Perhaps he really was that good this week.

Now, to be fair, I’m not really and for real American Idol’s target market. I watch (because I don’t like anything else that’s on at that time and because I like writing mean things about people) but I don’t vote because, contrary to appearances, it doesn’t really matter that much to me. I’ve never purchased a CD from any of the contestants and I probably never will.

I like Taylor and think that he’s about as fun to watch as all get out. But once he leaves this show, I don’t expect that I’ll ever notice his existence again. Elliott seems like a very nice guy, but, seriously, can you imagine me spooling up his CD on the drive to work or getting excited about a Yamin concert coming through town? Not so much. Katherine is as fun to look at as I could imagine (and, if she would just perform nekkid, even I might be convinced to vote for her), but there is nothing appealing to me about her singing. The only person that I will still be curious about post-Idol is Paris.

Sure, I write about this every week, but I’m pretty sure I’m not the guy they’re trying to reach.

And, lastly, I went grocery shopping and walked in just in time to see Chris’s farewell, so what’s this about Rebecca Romijn (what happened to the Stamos?)?

on May 11 2006 @ 05:57 AM

Stamos and Romijn split a while back.  Now she’s with the guy that played the fat kid in “Stand by Me.” Oh, and the not-fat kid in the most excellent (for a while anyway) television show “Sliders.”

My theory on Katharine being in the bottom two is that, whereas we guys can see a guy that’s a good performer and say “Hey, he’s pretty good.  He should win,” the women see Katharine and say “Hey, she’s really hot and can sing pretty well.  That bitch.” Pow, right to the bottom two. wink

on May 11 2006 @ 06:05 AM

Rebecca Romijn was in the audience during the show, and she had her fiancee Jerry O’Connell with her. Because she is in X-Men and that is a Fox movie, they had to do the obligatory cross-marketing. Ryan (who is now almost as annoying as Paula) went to the audience to talk to her about the X-Men. He then made a borderline-inappropriate comment about her not having an engagement ring on (which Jerry handled well but seemed pretty annoyed by) and then followed up by asking who her favorite was. She said that it was Taylor, spouted a few praises, and then asked if Taylor could sing one of his songs from the night before. The show then broke format so that Taylor could go into the audience to perform his song.

The whole escapade was pretty stupid.

on May 11 2006 @ 06:49 AM
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