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‘AI’s’ ‘politics’ and dynamics continue to evolve

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ARBOS. There are limits even to sympathizers’ “blind” loyalty.

We spoke too soon! Right after we wrote about Lazaro Arbos being the last guy standing on “American Idol” this season, the stutterer who’s now famous for “miraculously” licking his speech impediment the minute he opens his mouth to sing, was suddenly voted out of the popular singing tilt!

The egg we ended up with all over our abashed face was obviously laid by an ostrich!

Sorry about that, chiefs, but the territory that “AI” finds itself maneuvering through this season is so different that the usual rules and expectations no longer apply!

Initially, when Arbos became the last male survivor on the show, we thought that his huge swell of “sympathy” votes would hold him in good stead right up to the final-finals. Well, we were dead wrong:

It’s now clear that Lazaro’s fans weren’t prepared to keep voting for him despite his lackluster performances, just because their hearts went out to him.

There are limits even to sympathizers’ “blind” loyalty, and this was proven when Lazaro lost out to Amber.

So, for what could be the first time in “AI’s” history, there’s no male contender fighting for the crown in the tilt’s “final-finals,” which are won, more often than not, by male finalists.

This used to stand to reason, because the show’s target audience is young female fans, who naturally prefer cute, male winners.

All-female lineup

Well, all that has been thrown out with the bathwater and the baby this season, with its all-female lineup of surviving finalists!

Why the big reversal in the way that the tilt usually “works”? Perhaps the guys just weren’t all that good this year, the super-sympathetic and empathetic Lazaro included.

In his case, viewer-voters possibly simply got fed up with his bland performances, and he may have eventually turned them off with his smugness.

Is this the end of the road for Lazaro? On “AI,” yes—but, there are other prospects out there. If he’s savvy rather than smug, he can still get a stellar singing career going.

For one thing, he can position himself as an inspiring role model for other differently abled people, whose numbers run in the millions.—And, his being Latino opens up another huge audience and market that he can tap into.

What about the remaining contenders on “AI”? Although she shared the cellar position with Lazaro, our bet for ultimate winner is still Amber, because she’s young, beautiful, dusky, has charisma and stellar glow, and is clearly destined to be a major find (move over, Beyoncé)!

Other female finalists may be more technically amazing, but it’s Amber who’s got the whole, hot enchilada—the entire stellar package.

Of course, we could be proven wrong again—but, we’re prepared to lump it and love it, as long as we keep learning lessons about “AI’s” astoundingly evolving singer-voter politics and dynamics!


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Tags: AI , American Idol , Lazaro Arbos , Music , Television

  • cato_the_younger

    At the end of the day, it’s a singing competition and Arbos, compared to the other singers is JUST bad. I don’t understand why gender has to come into play, the fact is, the four (now only three because Amber got kicked out last night) remaining singers were the best of the lot.

  • Barak_O

    another fail

    the winner will be

    the one with all front teeth

  • AntiAko

    May balat yata sa dila (o mga daliri) itong si Nestor Torre.
    First, Arbos got booted out. Guess what? Her pet Amber just got booted out last night!!!!
    Who else do you like, Nestor?

  • Kronos2

    It will boil down only to one winner and based on voice an quality of performances—-my choice would still be Candice. If you watched the earlier rounds, among the top 20 there were still better female singers than the top 5 guys who weren’t selected just because they were female. Lazaro just wasn’t good enough to stand his best among the best.

  • alville

    Love Amber, she’s got the charisma, voice and presence. I am not excited now she is eliminated. Candice sounds and sings like Fantasia, but she doesn’t hold my attention for too long. The two others are boring.
    Will pass up this show now

  • dodot24

    I like Angela Miller,, since day one,,,,

  • Twister12

    This was posted yesterday & when was Lazaro booted out 2 weeks ago? My goodness what this writer is watching a Pvr recorderd program?

    • http://www.facebook.com/dan.valuz Dan Valuz

      Writers follow a certain schedule… Do you expect all writers to write everyday and be updated to the minute ? Maybe you would complain also about that too ! Twister12 try writing.

      • Twister12

        2 weeks after elimination you will post this kind of story lol.

  • maysayako

    this and jordin sparks season are the two worst ai in history!



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