Quit Your Whining and
Shut Up - May 12
When I was growing up, I was the student representative
for the High School for the Board of Education. Every
year, we had the same exact pattern a campaign to vote
for the referendum, the referendum failing by less than
10 votes, and then the people who came out of the
woodwork to complain on why the budget failed. These are
the same people, by the way, who didnt vote at all
because they assumed that the budget was going to pass.
Fast Forward to 2000
and 2004. The Democrats cried foul
because of the whole dimpled chad situation in Florida
and again because of another controversy in Ohio 4 years
later. Although I am a staunch Democrat, George Bush
didnt win because of a dimpled chad. He won because you
Democrats out in Florida didnt vote and as over 50%
of the registered Democrats in Florida DIDNT vote in
the 2000 elections, once again, you have no one to blame
Now lets fast forward to this past week. Chris Daughtry
got eliminated last week. Boo frigging hoo. I called it
on this weeks American Idol recap that he was leaving,
because according to the Chaos Theory, you people dont
go out and vote because you assume that people are going
to be safe. Lo and behold, I was right. Now people are
crying foul or want a revote. Guess what? Its not going
There was not a phone problem A T and T would have
caught it. It wasnt a Ryan Seacreast issue, either he
said the numbers properly, and in past screwups,
American Idol has spent an extra day to redo the voting,
like they did last year when the chyron people posted up
the wrong numbers in the graphics. Quite frankly, FOX
would love nothing more to air up another episode of
Idol and pick up another set of monster ratings. Also
quite frankly, the reason why Chris Daughtry is out is
very, very clear.
You people did not vote enough for him and you are not
nearly as devoted as you say that you are.
Lets break American Idol down. There is one cold hard
fact about American Idols purpose. Its not to find the
best singer. Its not to find the most charismatic
person. Its not even, as the most jaded websites
suggest, to see who the most popular contestant is. The
bottom line is
The Purpose of American Idol is to find the person with
the most loyal and devoted fan base.
The winner of American Idol doesnt even have to be the
best singer or the prettiest. That person will win
because they have a fan base that will dial for 2
straight hours, regardless of how they sounded. Great
performance? No problem. Bad performance? We better call
in to save him. Mediocre effort? Doesnt matter all
the more reason to vote in and call. The fan base that
calls in the most, wins. And the reason why FOX loves
this is because if you are devoted enough to spend 2
hours a week dialing in until your fingers fall off, or
spending $20 a week on text messaging, then you will
have no problems plunking down 5 bucks for the first
single and $14.95 when the album comes out.
The bottom line is that American Idol has always been
about, and will always be about, money. The person who
is the best off to make that money is that person that
gets the most rabid fan base to vote for him or her
every single week. Theres no ifs, ands, or buts about
So lets look at you, the so called Chris Daughtry
Fan. Did you vote for him more than once a week?
Probably not. My friends that liked Chris only voted for
him once maybe twice. Did you slack off when he was
singing ok? Some of you did, because he wound up in the
bottom two once before. The Rock base as a whole has
always been a fickle bunch, and in this competition, you
can not afford to be fickle. Did you only vote once or
twice this past week? Maybe you did and you consider
yourself a fan, but my Soul Patrol friends must have
called at least 30 times during the night. So maybe you
think that you did your job, but you really didnt. You
are not a Chris Daughtry fan, and its an embarrassment
to call yourself a Chris Daughtry fan.
Thats why Chris Daughtry is eliminated this week.
Thats also why Taylor Hicks is going to win American
Idol. Pepper out.
all know who I think is going to win. Now who do I think
is going to lose?
spare you another rehash of what Ive been saying all
week. Taylor = Great, Elliott = Great. Katherine = Bad,
but the voters called in. In American Idol, the only
thing worse than awful is mediocre and unmemorable, and
thats what you were. That leads to the Chaos Theory
does this help?
is the favorite to win, and he sang like it last week.
He needs to be very very careful about giving us the
same old, same old, though. Now is the time to go out of
his comfort zone, select a smack-bang song, and solidify
got bailed out thanks to Chris and your rotten singing.
This may be the only time that singing bad was an
advantage. You cant possibly do that this Wednesday and
get away with it.
am suspecting that she doesnt do that though, which
means that its time for you to go. You have been great,
but you are no match for the powerhouses. In addition,
people are blaming YOU for Chriss departure, and
anytime that happens, people will not vote for you.
So I think that Elliott is leaving, though Katharine may
replace him if we get an encore of last week. Join in on
Wednesday to see who gets their final encore.
Gordon Pepper can win New York, Florida, and New
Jersey, but Massachusetts and Wyoming may be a problem.
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