For the fourth year in a row (and fifth time overall) a boring white male has won singing competition American Idol.
Scott McCreery has just been crowned the winner, beating out finalist Lauren Alaina in the show’s tenth season’s grand finale. I could say he won’t have any lasting power, but I don’t think he’ll have any starting power.
McCreery is 17 years old, but he sounds like he’s in his mid-40s. I love country music, and if the people who voted for him actually go out and buy his album, he will have years of success. But they won’t, so he won’t.
American Idol has been pumping out winners for a decade now, but uber-successful Idol alumni can be counted on one hand (Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and non-winners Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert.)
David Cook, Kris Allen and Lee DeWyze preceded McCreery as winners. Did you have to Google Image Search their names to remember what they looked like? Don’t feel bad, I had to Google ‘Past American Idol Winners’ to remember their names! All white. All male. And remember Taylor Hicks? Ugh…
American Idol, as a singing competition, cannot be taken seriously anymore. Producers can revamp it all they want and bring in hip and quirky judges, but the truth is that people are just too easily impressed these days. Right? That has to be it… There are so many things I wish I can un-hear from the last three seasons of American Idol. The quality of the talent has without a question gone down. What I don’t understand is that I seem to be the only one who has divorced and abandoned a show I am embarrassed to say I once was obsessed with.
Is the point to crown a winner who will sell millions of records? Is it rigged or fixed? Who cares?
Alas, it’s all a ratings game, and the producers could care less about who wins, so long as their products sells a bunch of records. Thing is, David Cook, Kris Allen and Lee DeWyze have not, and Scott McCreery will not.
Here’s my favorite performance of the year, courtesy of cutie Haley Reinhart, who should have won the whole thing.