Will A Girl Ever Win American Idol Again?

Phillip Phillips became the fifth consecutive boy to win the title of American Idol last night in Hollywood defeating Jessica Sanchez.

It really was no surprise when Ryan Seacrest announced, that Phillip Phillips was the Season 10 American Idol. He became the fifth consecutive boy to win the coveted title. He joins David Cook, Season 7 winner, Kris Allen, Season 8 winner, Lee DeWyze, Season 9 winner and Scotty McCreery, Season 10 winner as American Idol winners, since Jordin Sparks won in Season 6.

Kelly Clarkson won Season 1, while Fantasia Barrino won Season 3, Carrie Underwood won Season 4 and Jordin Sparks was the Season 6 winner and are the only girls to win American Idol in 11 seasons.

The girls won three of the first four seasons, but the guys have won six of the last seven seasons. Jessica Sanchez was a much better singer, than Phillip Phillips, yet saw her American Idol dreams dashed last night.

American Idol needs to address the voting issue, to keep this trend of guys winning from continuing, whether they are best singer or not. The more votes cast, then the more chance of a guy winning. 

I have a feeling that the girls are voting early and often for the guys, especially when 132 million votes were cast on Wednesday night. It may be time to forget about announcing these huge vote totals and allow one vote per person. That change should give the girls a better chance of winning.

Taylor Hicks and Lee DeWyze are two guys that may have never been voted as American Idols, if the voters had been limited one vote. I know that American Idol doesn’t want the final vote for each singer released, but it would give us an idea of how the voting is slanted toward the guys.

Just my opinion but I think Josh Ledet and Jessica Sanchez should have been the two finalists last night, but Phillips voters kept Josh from having a chance to make the final two. 

Jessica was very fortunate that the judges hadn’t used their save on someone like Heejun Han, or she wouldn’t have been saved. It is difficult to believe that she received the fewest votes that week, since she was showing week after week, that she was the best female singer on the show.

American Idol lost almost six million viewers, compared to the 2011 final performances. The final performance show drew a record 31.78 million viewers in Season 5, but only 14.85 million voters tuned in on Wednesday night, a drop of almost 17 million viewers from the record.

The ratings for the finale last night have not been announced, but I look for it to be lowest total for a finale night.

The Voice and X-Factor have caused a huge dent in American Idol ratings. With The Voice and X-Factor returning in September, viewers may have tired of watching reality singing competitions even more, by the time American Idol returns next January. X-Factor is hoping to increase their ratings with the addition of Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, as judges to replace the departed Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul.

American Idol producers will be making changes to the show, hoping to slow the declining ratings. American Idol isn’t the juggernaut it once was, but it is usually near the top in the ratings.

Now American Idol has to deal with Phil Phillips having surgery very soon, since he will need four to six weeks to recover from his surgery and ma y not even be available for rehearsals for the summer tour.


Will Best American Idol Singer Win Tonight?

The next American Idol may not have anything to do with which singer is the better singer, but more about  how many of their supporters voted for them  last night.

Now that the final votes have been cast, we can only speculate, on who will actually become the next American Idol on the Fox television network reality finale show, when Ryan Seacrest announces the winner at about 8:55 PM tonight.

The judges seemed to favor Phil Phillips last night. I have a feeling that the teenyboppers and girls past that stage, texted and voted online to make the Phillips the next American Idol.

It is still possible that Jessica Sanchez could win, but I expect Ryan to announce after a long pause, that Phil is the new American Idol.

Musical Guests Tonight

Among the musical guests according to the Hollywood Reporter will be Gloria Gaynor, Thelma Houston, Gladys Knight along with Nelly Furtado, Sheila E., Jennifer Holliday and Kristin Chenoweth offering a tribute to the late Donna Summer, who passed away last week. Chenoweth will join Jessica in a duet of Enough is EnoughThe female singers from Season 11 will also appear in the tribute to Summer.

Phil and the other male singers will pay tribute to the late Robin Gibb, who died of cancer last week by singing songs made famous by the Bee Gees. 

In addition, John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival will sing a duet with Phil, Reba McIntire will join Skylar Laine in a duet, while Joshua Ledet and Fantasia will also sing a duet.

Jessica and Jennifer Holliday will team up to sing I Am Telling You I’m Not Going, while Hollie Cavanagh and Jordin Sparks, the last girl to win American Idol will sing a song from a Broadway show.

As if that is not enough star power for one show, Neil Diamond will sing a song with the boys, while Aerosmith and Rihanna will also make an appearance in the star-studded finale.

After all those singers sing, it will be almost anti-climatic when Ryan announces the winner. Even those who don’t care who wins tonight, still will be able to see some of the best singers in the music business, making watching the show worthwhile.

I have no doubt that Jessica will be a successful singer and should have a long career. However, Phil may need to win to have a chance to be a star, since I can’t see him releasing an album that would sell in the millions.

In conclusion, if Jessica doesn’t win tonight, I will feel the best singer didn’t win. It could create a problem for American Idol if Phil wins, since he reportedly will be undergoing surgery very soon and might miss rehearsals for the summer tour and might join the tour after it started. The recovery time has been mentioned as taking as long as six weeks, which wouldn’t allow Phillip to join the concert tour till July.

So if Phil does win, American Idol producers will have to wait until after his surgery, before the publicity engine of American Idol can go full throttle on the Phil Phillips train.

But all that is conjecture, since the winner hasn’t been announced. The announcement will be made in about ten hours, as to who will be the next American will be.

The show starts in eight hours and forty-three minutes, so we can start the official countdown….right now.

Enjoy the show !!!