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‘American Idol’ losing a fan

May 22, 2011
By KATHRYN SPIRA , The Leader Herald

My pick for this year's American Idol competition over the past few weeks has been James Durbin, so when he was voted off I felt like I didn't want to watch the show anymore.

Now, I know that sounds like sour grapes, but I think the mean age of call-in voters must be about 14 and I'm betting most of them are female.

What surprised me even more is that two females are left in the competition and the third is definitely a country western singer, which also hasn't been my favorite type of music in the past, but I'm starting to come around towards crossover country music. I'm still a bit put off by the real, old fashioned, twangy country songs about "cryin', dyin', sighin' and leavin' home."

I have to say I also am more drawn to male singers in general over female singers. So I surprised myself that I don't really care for the male singer, Scotty, who is part of the final three as of this writing.

Over the past few years, guys have won the competition, with American Idol Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze winning over Crystal Bowersox, who I thought should have won. Bowersox has come out with a hit CD, and what happened to Lee? I haven't heard anything from him or the supposed advantage of the "American Idol" public relations team who should be representing him.

When Chris Allen won the competition, I got the CD and didn't like it and couldn't give it away. Hated it. Adam Lambert, who didn't win, has already put out two CDs and a DVD combination live performance that I have and has been in the entertainment news quite a bit.

The last vote I'm aware of as of this writing had 72 million voters, a new record according to Ryan Seacrest, but here's my thought on that. People can call in as many times as they want on their Blackberries, iPhones and cell phones and it may not be an indicator of more viewers of the program.

I have nothing but best wishes for the final three contestants, but I think others - like Pia, Jacob, James and Casey - had a lot more talent than the final three.

Despite all I've said, I'm sure I'll tune into the final two shows to see who wins, even if it's just to shake my head and wonder why.

In the meantime, I see Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul have teamed up to bring the "X Factor" to the United?States on FOX this fall. Between that and "The Voice," maybe there will be something for everyone's taste in music, even mine.

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in New York City and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns and contact information may be accessed at her website at



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