April 14, 2009

Why Adam Lambert Won't Win Idol

The New York Times featured an article in it's Sunday Style Section about why Adam Lambert may have trouble winning the American Idol title despite his soaring talent: America may not be able to accept a gay winner. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/12/fashion/12gayidol.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=adam%20lambert&st=cse

This article prompted a debate between me and my friend about how it is absurd that we can elect a black president, but not vote for a reality show contestant because he may or may not be (I mean he totally is) gay?

But sadly, it makes sense.

Let's take for instance Justin Timberlake. Sure he is talented. But let's pretend for a second that tomorrow he came out to the world, professing his love for men. His entire image of bringing sexy back would crumble, and I believe so would his music career. JT may have a wide fan base, but the biggest purchasing demographic of pop music is teenage girls.

Similarly if Zac Efron said his relationship with HSM co-star Vanessa Hudgen's was a cover for his homosexuality (which by the way I am pretty sure it is) I bet there would be millions of disappointed little girls who would no longer squeal when he comes on TV or line up to see his new movie 17 Again.

Of course, as my friend argued, it should just be about talent. But when has it ever been? Britney Spears' return to the pop world proves it actually has nothing to do with music. But my friend kept insisting - Fantasia Barrino and Ruben Studdard (two contestants who clearly lacked sex appeal) won Idol? Well friend, their records flopped.

The point of American Idol is to turn a regular Joe or Jane into a successful recording artist. But this seemingly regular American can't just have an extraordinary voice. It's about performing, image and yes, sex. Those who just have the talent without the appeal end up other places, like Broadway (which is where Clay Aiken, Diana DeGarmo and Fantasia landed).

This is why my bet is on Kris Allen to take it all - he can sing, play the guitar and piano, and makes me swoon every time he steps on stage. Sure he has a wife, but there is always the chance he will leave his wife when in some parallel universe we meet and he discovers he truly loves me. Not even in our imaginations can we ever land Adam Lambert.


Paramendra Bhagat said...

I don't own a TV, I don't follow Idol. Is that okay?

Anonymous said...

Possibly the most influential post I have read this month???

Anonymous said...

I am glad you said that!!