And that about says it all.
Congratulations, Phillip Phillips. That was truly an emotional ending when you stopped singing and ran to the arms of your parents. It made up for my feeling a tad bit annoyed that the winner results were so predictable. And your coronation song is halfway decent!
And, welcome to the Runner-Up Circle, Jessica Sanchez! You have joined an illustrious circle (see: Archuleta, David; Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert, Crystal Bowersox, etc.).
You did yourself proud and held your own against a legend like Jennifer Holliday (I hope Hollywood and Broadway types were paying attention).
Overall, the finale tonight was interesting. Loved the Phone Book Choir, Chaka Khan, Aerosmith, Joshua-meets-Fantasia, and the Hollie Cavanaugh/Jordin Sparks duet. Rihanna knows how to work a stage, I will give her that.
Other than that, seriously: if you’re not a WGWG, why bother to audition for this show next year?
Think about it: when a girl with a guitar (Crystal Bowersox Season 9) outperformed her off-key WGWG opponent, she lost. When a girl who sang and held her own with a DIVA like J. Holliday loses to a sick WGWG (so sick he needs to get surgery right away!!!!), something is wrong with the voting.
Sorry, something is not computing. 132 million votes, and the majority went to a sick cute guy who wasn’t even performing at his optimum best? REALLY??
I understand that the other talent show, So You Think You Can Dance, is going to have a Top Guy and Top Girl winner this year. They may have to do the same kind of gender Affirmative Action on this show because, whether you like PP or not (and he is likeable and good at what he does – just not great at it), being crowned the fifth (5th!!!) WGWG winner is getting a bit ridiculous.
I can guarantee you, if we had the same trend with another group – let’s say, five girl winners in a row, five black winners in a row – the media and the public would be all over this, wanting the show to change the format in some kind of way.
Of course, I can’t just say it’s “America’s” problem in wanting to vote for the same type of winner since season 7 (and I still blame the inclusion of musical instruments as swaying the votes to this type of winner). I blame the judges.
If Simon Cowell were still on this show, and he thought it was time for a girl winner, he would have known how to manipulate “America” into voting for a girl winner. These current judges are totally inept. Their unanimous praise of everyone is causing mediocrity to win out in the end.
Do you think Simon Cowell would have let PP get away with his half-checked in performances all season? Do you think he wouldn’t have told Jessica to change her style pronto, lest she become “boring” (the way he lit into David Cook during Top 20 week)?
Whatever. America gets the winner they vote for. But, as we’ve already learned, that winner isn’t always the best.