Polarizing by Nature

1 Jun

“Crystal Bowersox is a lot more polarizing a performer than Lee is. Crystal Bowersox is a woman with a giant back-tattooo and dreadlocks. I don’t think that the problem was that girl (voters) were all, “Oh, Lee!” I think, just, Crystal is polarizing by nature.

It’s 2010, yes, but women with tatttoos and women with dreadlocks still face an uphill battle in the court of public opinion. And I think last year, Kris vs. Adam, Adam was the polarizing performer, he did outlandish, crazy things that not everyone could get behind.”

Michael Slezak of Idolatry
on why Lee Dewyze beat Crystal Bowersox to win American Idol


Jason Averett, editor of Idolatry
on what the word “polarizing” means


3 Responses to “Polarizing by Nature”

  1. Jamie June 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

    Not everyone could get behind Adam Lambert and Bowersox, but enough people could. And that’s enough to have a good career ahead of you. Who wants to be boring when you can be different?

    I think people are finally catching on to this in a big way, IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO WINS AMERICAN IDOL. In SO many ways, it’s almost better if your favorite contestant doesn’t win. Clay Aiken, JHud, Daughtry, etc. And I think it’s safe to say that Adam Lambert is going to have much more of a successful (artistically and financially) career than that other guy, what was his name again? Chris Allen? lol. He’s in those car commercials… Can I say that no winner has even been as successful as the first one, Kelly Clarkson. That’s true right?

    All that matters is that these artists get some exposure. So many of these folks are doing so much better as artists than they were before they were on AI from being on Broadway to making it big in other countries. That’s why I’m a fan of this show (maybe not this season, booorinng!) and I will no be ashamed!

    That said, I think Bowersox will do just fine. Unless she gets boring. And yes, Lee is dreamy 🙂 jk.

  2. Amanda June 1, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    Yeah, it probably doesn’t matter career-wise, but the way-less-talented dude won the thing, and that’s just a bummer. Especially if he won because “America” is just a little too freaked out by confident, talented, interesting women with dreads and tattoos. Ugh.

  3. Kirk June 2, 2010 at 11:10 pm #

    Hm, it’s true that one doesn’t have to win the show to have a good music career, but that doesn’t really factor so much for me. I’m still bummed out that Lee won. I think that Slezak is right on – though of course there are other reasons that Lee won, too, including the fact that voters are mostly young girls.

    But still, it hasn’t bugged me in the past when the “better” contestant hasn’t won because… well, because the air-quotes were present. Sure, I liked Adam more than I did Kris, Adam was “better,” but Kris was a good singer and an interesting musician.

    But Crystal was actually better than Lee was, like, objectively. It wasn’t that I was crazy about her or anything, it’s just that she was the better performer, better musician, better stage presence and by far a better singer. Not only that, but Lee is a really lacking singer, easily the worst vocalist to win in the history of the show. So the sauce is a bit weaker for me on so many people voting for Lee than it has been on past decisions.

    I dunno, man, unless they can ado a major 180, I think this might go down as the season that killed Idol.

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