Saturday, December 26, 2009
A minor Idol history lesson....
So what are our chances of a female win this year?
In an earlier post, I summed up that its impossible to figure it out empirically cos Airi and Syl are basically apples vs oranges - they are two very different performers (at the top of their game), with two pretty different approaches to winning that game.
So rather than study them, lets take a look at past Idol winners, Singaporean and American, and see if it can help us conclude anything (I'm thinking/theorising as I type, sorry I don't do forward planning..)
As we all know, Singapore Idol's past two winners have been male...
Season 1 : Taufik Batisah vs Sylvester Sim
Winner : Taufik Batisah
Season 2 : Hady Mirza vs Jonathan Leong
Winner : Hady Mirza
Season 3 : Sylvia Ratonel vs Sezairi Sezali
Winner : now isn't this the million dollar/vote question?
American Idol has had 8 seasons under its belt!
Season 1 : Kelly Clarkson vs Justin Guarini
Winner : Kelly Clarkson
Season 2 : Clay Aiken vs Ruben Studdard
Winner : Ruben Studdard
Season 3 : Fantasia Barrino vs Diana Degarmo
Winner : Fantasia Barrino
Season 4 : Carrie Underwood vs Bo Bice
Winner : Carrie Underwood
Season 5 : Taylor Hicks vs Katharine McPhee
Winner : Taylor Hicks
Season 6 : Jordin Sparks vs Blake Lewis
Winner : Jordin Sparks
Season 7 : David Archuleta vs David Cook
Winner : David Cook
(Can't believe I just typed all those names from memory woot! And then I blanked and had NO recollection of who was even on season 8! tsk!)
Season 8 : Adam Lambert vs Kris Allen
Winner : Kris Allen (wahlao almost typed 'Adam')
So, lookin' at American Idol, female winners are a possibility. In fact, half the winners, 4 out of 8 seasons, are female. 5 out of 8 seasons saw a lady grace the one of the Top 2 spots. In fact, one of the seasons is an all-girl Top 2.
You're probably thinking, what has American Idol got to do with our own Idol right? Seeing as how we've had two seasons of male winners and Top 2s. Well, I'm just saying a female winner IS a possibility and I think Idol fans are discerning enough to make the 'right' choice for them as a whole (whatever that choice may be).
Lastly, I just wanna say that I hope people will look at the bigger picture and not focus on the 'skin-deep' or only the sob stories. I've seen so many comments about 'another-malay-boy-winning', as well as comments flaming MediaCorp for playing up their bakckgrounds. I mean, c'mon guys, its a reality show, its part and parcel of telling their life stories and giving the show more depth, not 'swaying votes', I'm sure you'll agree you aren't as blur to be swayed by a 2 minute VT - you can make your own minds up right?
Likewise, I'd hope that voters will look beyond race, and judge based on whether they move you with their performances tomorrow night. Check your baggage at the door and vote in the present. Enjoy, digest and reflect on Sylvia's and Airi's performances tomorrow night, then vote for whom you think deserves that crown, instead of dwelling on who doesn't. Thas'all I'm sayin' folks. Glass half full please.
ps. And for all those comin' to Indoor, bring positive energy with you k, your Top 2 need the lovin'.
pps. wah reading the above back, so preachy...sorry...was hungry with a headache, that combo makes me emo LOL!