I’ve been blogging here since season four, the year Carrie Underwood won. And every year, I write a basic thank you the regulars here who have kept the blog conversations lively and deeply opinionated, as they should be. With wordpress, it’s been much easier to write comments and as you know, I’m loving the polling capabilities.
First off, welcome to the newbies this year. Thank you for joining us
GaGirl, Katy, offkey, everett, Highlander, Generalz GM, cadre, Mercedes and GrantPguy. I’m sure I’ve missed a few but new blood is always a good thing in blogland.
And I want to pat the backs of past regulars including Judy, Exitnow, Nana, Harriett, Andi, IdolWatcher80, Harm, gg, tnecvolfan2001, Watching Idol, War Eagle, Mike S, Lara, JTesla, Woodpappy, RxDawg, KPH and Neg. Mike S, as usual, is always incredibly insightful. Neg, you are always there for a laugh. Ditto with Exit Now (though offkey can zing’em, too!) JTesla, you are the nicest guy here. Thank you for your stream of compliments for my work. And Lara? You have been here the longest. I appreciate you sticking with me since the days of Bo and Carrie! (And Roho Fan, my fiance, gets to sit and watch me blog all the time!)
Plus, a special thanks to Deirdre and Linny for being my unofficial moderators. You two make my job so much easier since this isn’t the only duties I have. You are my MVBs– Most Valuable Bloggers.
As the vets know, I will continue to blog “Idol” throughout the year. The tour, the auditions, the TMZ videos, the success (or lack thereof) of the various alums. It’s fairly endless. Seldom does a day go by with SOME news. So check in early, check in often. I will appreciate it!
–So let’s get on with why Kris Allen won. (And according to Billy Bush in a tweet, he heard it was a landslide and Arkansas voted BIG time for their home state boy.) I’ll make it quick because we’ve talked about this already.
He had more curbside appeal. That smile, that modesty, great musicianship across the board. Just a nice guy period. Sure, that made him a bit boring. But America doesn’t mind boring in an underdog guise. He simply had a slightly broader fan base, one he built from virtually nothing. He had almost zero airtime up til the semifinals. Even at the top 13, almost nobody thought he had a realistic shot at winning.
I think top 9 was his turning point with his surprisingly soulful and edgy take on “Ain’t No Sunshine.” That really caught people’s ears and made me realize he was more than a John Mayer wannabe. He had something special. And he sealed the deal with that gutsy “Heartless.”
And even as it became apparent he had a shot at upending Danny and/or Adam, he kept the “dark horse” mark. Online betting sites kept him in the 10-1 to 15-1 odds range while virtually handing it to Adam, even as they got to the top 4. I kept underestimating him. I thought he was going home after rock night. And so did most readers here.
In the end, we all love an underdog story. While being the obvious frontrunner has its advantages (see Carrie Underwood), it has more often hurt, as Danny and Adam both learned. Ditto in the past with Clay, with Justin Guarini, with Melinda Doolittle, with David Archuleta.
While Adam was camera ready from day one, Kris was relatively inexperienced. He learned how to perform on the big stage before our very eyes and we were part of that experience. We feel we were responsible (at least partly) to his growth and that’s the magic of “Idol.” Even though Carrie was the frontrunner from day one, she was so raw, people couldn’t help but root for her.
And I’m sure some folks love that we gave a middle finger to the judges, who pimped Adam tirelessly (along with Danny). Even on Tuesday night, the judges’ praise to Kris was more along the lines of congrats on making it this far, not that he should win or will win.
Next week, we’ll talk about the commercial potential of the top 13. Because we just know the No. 1 album in May, 2010 will be from Jorge Nunez, right?
-MJ has the top 100 on iTunes and “Idol” is all over the place:
4. “Mad World” by Adam Lambert
7. “Heartless” by Kris Allen
9. “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Kris Allen
16. “A Change is Gonna Come” by Adam Lambert
18. “Permanent” by David Cook
31. “Apologize” by Kris Allen
32. “Home Sweet Home” by Carrie Underwood
37. “One” by Adam Lambert
40. “What’s Going On” by Kris Allen
42. “Cryin” by Adam Lambert
47. “Slow Ride” by Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta
55. “You Are So Beautiful” by Danny Gokey
58. “Falling Slowly” by Kris Allen
66. “Tracks of My Tears” by Adam Lambert
72. “Ring of Fire” by Adam Lambert
76. “Feeling Good” by Adam Lambert
77. “To Make You Feel My Love” by Kris Allen
84. “Whole Lotta Love” by Adam Lambert
97. “Black or White” by Adam Lambert
100. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Kris Allen