Category: American Idol

And my Idol pick is …

Probably no one cares, but I’m calling Crystal Bowersox as the winner of this season’s American Idol.

It’s creepy how much she reminds me of Janis Joplin, and she probably has more natural talent than anyone else in a very mediocre field of contestants. Plus, you know where the producers stand; they changed the entire programming schedule just for her when she ended up in the hospital.

My second choice and very close runner-up is “Big Mike” Lynche. What’s not to love about a guy like that?

What really beat Adam Lambert?

Adam Lambert

Kris Allen won “American Idol” tonight. Good for him. If you want all the details, check the AP story.

It seems likely that a lot of third-place finisher Danny Gokey’s votes went to Allen. They have similar styles and both are Christians who work in their respective churches. That could have been enough to give Allen the win over season-long favorite, Adam Lambert.

AP, however, carefully avoids mentioning what might have been a big part of the story. Lambert is gay. During the entire Idol season, pictures of him posing in full makeup and kissing another man have circulated on the Internet.

It was never mentioned on the show. Privacy concerns, no doubt, but the people who brought you Carrie Underwood and David Cook probably weren’t too happy about it. Simon Cowell didn’t get stupid rich without knowing a lot about marketing that show.

Lambert is a great performer. He’s got the arrangements, the screams, the theatrics. He arrived at Idol looking like a professional on tour, albeit an overweight one.

Allen came out of the pack, almost overlooked until a few weeks ago. His strength is the quieter, bluesy ballad sort of thing that requires actual singing. To that he adds keyboard and guitar skills and aw-shucks cuteness.

By the time the final voting began, it looked like anyone’s game. A record number of votes poured in. And Allen won.

Did anti-gay sentiment defeat Lambert? We’ll probably never know.

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Previously on Pied Type:

Dropping Adam, going with Allison

Yes, I watch American Idol

Dropping Adam; going with Allison

I’m hereby exercising my right to change my American Idol pick. Several weeks ago I said I liked Adam Lambert, and I do think he’s got a terrific voice. But after what he did to Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” (I’m a huge Cash fan and have been since high school) and then whatever it was he sang last night, I’m falling back to my former second choice, Allison Iraheta. She, too, has a great voice, and I have to constantly remind myself she’s only 16. Remarkable voice and maturity for a 16-year-old. And I like her better as a performer than some of the others who are turning out to be pretty good but are just not as memorable.

P.S. I never vote on these phone-in vote shows. Maybe if it were free, I would, but I’m too cheap to pay to vote.