In 2009 as American Idol celebrated the victory of Chris Allen over runner-up Adam Lambert accusations went awry concerning the legitimacy of the voting system used by American Idol producers. After investigation the media released reports stating that the American Idol voting decision for 2009 was swayed by well-known wireless telecommunications organization AT&T. As the 2010 season turned dramatic with the public’s nomination of Lee Dewyze and Crystal Bowersox as this year’s final two contestants many predicted the recent victory of Lee Dewyze despite Crystal’s consistenty in performance excellence throughout the season. The popular American Idol show that is viewed by millions of people yearly has been deemed the male dominated reality show of the century by many viewers. America’s 2010 American Idol winner Lee Dewyze is now living proof of the prediction that American Idol is no longer a reality show providing talented contests with an opportunity of a lifetime but is now a popularity contest based on image and not talent.
Crystal Bowersox demonstrated week after week talent as its very best and received praise from each of the judges for her uniqueness and range. Famous and now former judge of American Idol Simon Cowell even stated that Crystal’s performance on Tuesday was “outstanding”. Each of the judge’s favored Crystal Bowersox as the next American Idol winner for 2010 despite the predictions of the media that Lee Dewyze would be the 2010 winner. In fact, Lee only recently blossomed as a talented artist in the eyes of the public and the judges as Lee struggled through the season with negative reviews resulting from poor performances. Lee, who was originally was stricken from American Idol in the beginning stages of the season for releasing two previous independent albums, had problems throughout the season with shyness and poor song choices. Even Simon, who favored and openly expressed his wishes for Lee to win the 2010 season finale in interviews with the media, expressed disappointment in Lee’s performances on numerous occassions including Tuesdays final performances. Instead of Lee impressing the judges as Simon predicted he would on Tuesday American was wowed by Crystal’s performances.
In 2009 when the public cried outrage and sabotage toward the results of the American Idol voting system American Idol assured the millions of viewers the system was legitimate and had declared the most talented artist as the winner. However, this year another stunning victory is handed to a less talented artist indicating that either the voting system is not as effective as American Idol producers claim or the reality show itself has developed into a popularity contest that has become male dominated.
Personal experience (2010).