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The Idol Winner Was ‘Dewyze’ Choice


As I scrubbed Facebook entries, I noticed that many people thought the decision was ‘Crystal’ clear; some people were even threatening “never to watch Idol again” because of the outcome. Make no mistake, the best singer didn’t win… Lee beat Crystal not on ability, but affability.  Much in the same way Bret Michaels beat the more-qualified Holly Robinson-Peete in The Apprentice, Lee topped Crystal because he is more likable.  Neither Crystal Bowersox nor Mrs. Rodney Peete were villainous, but they weren’t sympathetic either.

Crystal strikes me as opinionated (read: quite contrary), and my guess is her dreadlocks, bedazzled chin and gapped grill came across less “free love” and more “shower-free.”  She was the more genuine performer, and many argue, the better singer.  Her decidedly Joplin-esque (Janis, not Scott) vibe doesn’t have much of a place on radio today.  It’s not KIIS FM, it’s not KROQ, it’s not quite country either (Do they even have coffee-house acts anymore?).  

Put it this way: Who would you rather have as a dinner guest?  A nice, polite, good-lookingish young man (with his teeth all in the same row), or a dreadlocked, opinionated 24-year old with a child out of wedlock?  Say what you will, but I don’t see any posters of “Mama Sox” adorning doors of tweens across the nation no matter what the outcome last night was.
So you Bowersox fans, don’t be bitter.  Revel in the good story of paint clerk tuned rock star… and lest you think Crystal is still that good-hearted, heartland sort of girl, it should be noted that she “decided” to break up with her televised boyfriend a few hours before the Idol finale.  i.e. “Thanks for sticking with me while I was playing churches and street corners, but now that I’m going on a nation-wide tour, it’s just going to be too complicated.”

And one final note for parents: If you plan to put your kid on a nationally televised contest, get their teeth fixed and send them to charm school… and not the one on VH1.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Carolyn permalink
    05/28/2010 9:35 am

    Excellent! While I didn’t ever actually watch the show, I am familiar with the players and I agree it’s more a popularity contest than a talent contest- and I think that’s the way it should be, when both singers have already proven themselves- then the public gets to pick who they “LIKE”. So contestants need to be “LIKEABLE”. !!

  2. 05/28/2010 9:42 am

    It’s the way the world works… Pretty and pleasant plays well in Poughkeepsie… I think I got the makings of a nursery rhyme there…

    p.s. Thank you for your support here!

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