Adam Lambert: Why didn't he win?
Posts about Adam Lambert not winning "American Idol" because he's gay started going up within about an hour of the results being announced. As an "American Idol" blogger, I thought I'd weigh in.
You'll notice I haven't done any articles on here all season about Adam's sexuality. There were pictures of his supposed boyfriend, there was some trip to Outback steakhouse, etc etc. I saw all of those on my Google alert for "American Idol." But I didn't feel they warranted a post. I don't post about Kris Allen's wife or Alexis Grace's daughter and I don't feel that Adam's boyfriend or not-boyfriend should be posted about either.
To quote Randy: for me, it's about singing. Do I think it's about singing for most of the country? Yes, I do. Every time an Idol gets eliminated, his or her votes have to go somewhere. Danny Gokey went home last week and was extremely popular. His votes, by and large, I'm guessing went to Kris Allen.
Do I think that all of them went to Kris because Adam's gay? No. Do I think that all of them went to Kris because they think Kris was more talented than Adam? No. It's not that simple, but I would like to think that it mostly had to do with sound and Kris Allen and Danny Gokey are a lot more alike sound-wise than Adam Lambert and Danny Gokey. Musically, people that liked Danny are going to like Kris better than Adam.
Are there people out there who look at Adam's Liza Minelli hair and fingernail polish and get totally freaked out and homophobic? Of course there are.
But are there also people who just don't care for Adam's singing style? Of course there are. Even I didn't love him 100% of the time and I was an Adam fan.
My mom is a perfect example. She doesn't care that Adam may or may not be gay. She just prefers the Kris Allen sound. Kris has actually been her horse since the Top 36 started, so kudos to my mom for picking the right guy.
My dad is another example. As a 55 year-old white male from middle America, he's a perfect stereotype to be totally homophobic. But guess what? He thought the wrong guy won last night, but that Adam is going to be just fine without the actual title. He thinks Kris is good, but forgettable and bland and needs the title more to have success.
I sincerely hope that people don't tarnish Kris Allen's victory with "it's because Adam's gay!" nonsense. I read that 38,000,000 votes came from Arkansas last night. That might've had something to do with it too, guys. Adam's from a big city where people don't have the small-town pride like we do out here in the Midwest. If someone from my high school made the Top 36 on Idol, you can be damn sure I'd vote my little heart out for him or her. I probably know her or her sister or dad or cousin, you know? It's about hometown stuff.
So Kris Allen did a great job and his hometown (and state) rallied around him. Let's not diminish his talent by saying he only won because Adam might be gay. I think Kris is an excellent choice and I congratulate him on his win.