American “Christian” Idol
Check out this LA Times article on “American Idol and Religion.”
First of all, these folks are soooooooo late with their observations. I could have told them that contestants on Idol are primarily Christian folks. Whether we are talking about Idol winners Ruben, Fantasia, Carrie, Taylor, Jordin Sparks, and Kris Allen as church folk, or other contestants like Jennifer Hudson, who once threw a “praise party” on the eve of her winning her Oscar, Mandisa (pictured above), who dared to sing a gospel song on the show, and Danny Gokey, who is a church leader.
Second of all, just because Jordin Sparks is one of the few Idol winners not from a “Bible Belt” state (she is from Arizona) does not mean she doesn’t fit within this Idol Christian mode: she wears a purity ring and used to attend pro-life rallies, so why is she being written out of this narrative?
Third of all, where the heck is David Archuleta? Why is he missing from this article? Is it because Mormons don’t count? I mean, this is an article about American Idol and religion, and yet nothing is mentioned about contestants like David and Brooke White and John Peter Lewis. I think that adds another layer to this.
Finally, what is the point of this article? Are there concerns that the “Christians” are taking over? (Not necessarily; they just happen to be the breeding ground for amateur singers and performers to develop their talents). Is this a much-too-late reaction to the voting bloc that churches organized in support of Kris Allen last year (which was more like a veiled homophobic reaction to vote against openly gay Adam Lambert. That’s right: I said it!)? I mean, what is the point?
And if you’re going to talk about Idol and religion, why aren’t different religious groups represented? What about Jewish contestants like Elliot Yamin, and secular contestants like Adam? Any Catholic contestants? None readily come to mind.
I think the subject is worthy for discussion, but I’m not sure this article is revelatory, nor is it pointing toward a growing trend, especially considering that the finalists this year – Crystal Bowersox and Lee Dewyze – don’t represent that “Bible Belt” base. So, again, what is the point?