In the wake of Adam Lambert's loss on American Idol
, hundreds of conspiracy theories are swirling around the Internet. Some people think it was a calculated attack on homosexuality to make sure the nice married man won while the man who wears guyliner and kisses dudes in photos lost. Others, like the website VoteFair.org, simply think it was a matter of texting, since Kris Allen's fan base is younger and more tech savvy.
However, there may be something more to it. While I would agree that many Americans are still mildly uncomfortable with homosexuality (just look at Prop 8 in California), that argument seems silly, especially since the photos of Lambert kissing other men have been around since the beginning of the competition. Instead, I choose to look for a conspiracy within American Idol
Last year Ryan Seacrest went on and on about the 12 million vote
difference between the two finalists, and often in the finale the show
has no problem revealing how close the vote was. Yet on this season's
finale, while Seacrest frequently mentioned the nearly 100 million
votes cast, not once was there a mention of the margin of victory.
What was American Idol
hiding? Was it a blowout? A close
vote? Or is it something even more sinister? Did American Idol just
decide to forget the votes and pick the winner based on the best
The fact is that 19 Entertainment holds a contract on either man that
even Satan would think is a bit too strict. All the winner gets is the
title, a silly trophy and the first single. And to be honest, as
talented as Lambert is, Kris Allen has a much better voice for "No
Boundaries" to become a generic hit. Lambert's vocal gymnastics might
play well on the coasts, but the red states would prefer a singer who
can duet with Keith Urban, not Kiss.
There's also the added bonus of controversy with a Lambert loss. As
the Miss America pageant taught us, scandals including competition and
gay issues are golden and help to vastly extend the window of
discussion. Everybody knows Miss California, but who won the Miss
America pageant this year?
Adam Lambert is a long-term investment. In the end, with the right
band, he can be a great performer with a lengthy career. But if he won
, that would be the end of it. He's be forced to
rush out an album without being able to put together the right band and
the right sound and he'd have to try to appeal to the entire country.
Now Lambert can find his niche in the music world while the good
looking guy from Arkansas pleases a wide spectrum of fans with his nice
Did American Idol fix the vote to make Adam Lambert lose? Probably
not. But is American Idol happy that Lambert lost? Despite the fact
that he might've been the best, the show and its producers are
certainly smart enough to understand that Lambert losing was the best
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-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
(Image courtesy of FOX)