Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Not to be outdone, I'm going to conduct my own experiment here using nothing but the most proven research methods and scientific processes to draw a completely random conclusion.
Title: IDOL CHATTER: PREDICTING THE OUTCOME OF AMERICAN IDOL SEASON NINE
Materials: My television, the Internet, a firm grasp of the obvious.
Question: Which of this year's semi-talented singers will earn the most coveted title in Hollywood?
Background Information: For those of you who have been living under a rock or in North Dakota, American Idol is a television program where a panel of judges and the voting audience conspire to foist a modestly talented singer upon the American public. Over the course of what seems like an eternity, a billion potential Idols are winnowed down to the top twenty-four survivors who then compete on live television where the viewing audience votes for their favorite. Each week the lowest vote-getter is eliminated until eventually a winner is crowned. This year, the final ten hopefuls are:
Aaron Kelly: Teenage kid from a broken home who sings about as well as the second best singer in your immediate family.
Andrew Garcia: Hispanic dude from Southern California who has stolen Drew Carey's glasses for the competition. Decent singer with a penchant for performing songs made famous by female divas.
Casey James: Surfer-looking guy whose shining moment so far was when Idol judge Kara Dioguardi told him to take off his shirt during his audition. Entertaining rocker with mad guitar skills.
Didi Benami: Blond chick who's not as good-looking as she thinks she is.
Katie Stevens: High school kid who is constantly being told by the judges, "You had some pitch problems this week." Translation: She can't friggin' sing.
Lee Dewyze: Aside from having the coolest name of all the Idol finalists, he's also the toughest to figure out. Looks like a rugged biker-type but he's quiet and unassuming, almost shy. For you football fans, think Tim Tebow.
Michael Lynche: Enormous black guy who looks like he could bench press Cleveland. His wife had a baby during audition week, making this proud papa a sentimental favorite.
Siobhan Magnus: Quirky but talented, unbelievable vocal range, but not exactly what you'd call mainstream. By far the most interesting personality in the group.
Tim Urban: Douchebag.
Hypothesis: This year's American Idol will be Lee Dewyze. I know, it's kind of anti-climactic showing you my prediction this early in the project, but that is the format specified in the Official Federation of Science Fairs and Janitorial Supplies Rule Book (5th Edition).
1. I have spent countless minutes watching video from previous seasons of American Idol and scouring the Internet for information on this year's performances. I've watched every episode so far this season except for the week when I had something better to do. I think it was trimming my toenails.
2. Using the data I compiled through my extensive research and using the process of elimination as described below, I determined this year's American Idol champion.
1. From watching previous seasons of Idol, I came to the conclusion that the best singer usually does not win. There have been exactly two exceptions: Kelly Clarkson and David Cook. Aside from that, the best singer rarely makes it even as far as the top three as evidenced by the early departures of Chris Daughtry and Jennifer Hudson, among others. Thus, Crystal Bowersox will not be this year's American Idol.
2. No one who wears glasses has ever won American Idol. This does not bode well for Andrew Garcia.
3. Using the Chicken Little Dorkiness Postulate which states, "The most socially-awkward and dweeby contestant will hang around long enough to be annoying but won't crack the top five," I have determined that Aaron Kelly will not be the last doofus standing. Incidentally, the Chicken Little Dorkiness Postulate is not to be confused with the equally valid Sanjaya Malakar Theory, which is "When a contestant comes along who is basically a parody of the human race and serves no purpose other than to be an intergalactic laughingstock, people will vote for him just as a joke."
4. To be an American Idol, one must have a name that is easy to pronounce and not too difficult to spell. This is supported simply by listing the names of past winners: Kelly, Ruben, Carrie, Fantasia (which would be trickier if not for the Disney movie), Taylor, Jordin, David, and Kris. Therefore, this year's winner will not be Siobhan Magnus (I think her first name rhymes with "suburban" but I'm not positive).
6. Guys who get votes based solely on their looks always survive longer than they should, but they never win. This year there are two guys who fit into this category, Tim Urban and Casey James. James is actually a good singer and guitarist and he looks like the guy in Nickelback. Urban, on the other hand, is simply horrible and his big phony smile makes me want to punch him in the face.
7. We could just eliminate Katie Stevens using the "different profile" theory presented in step five, as she's simply a less-attractive and less-talented version of Kelly Clarkson. But I'm choosing to go with the more scientific and intellectual reason she won't win, which is this: Her singing sucks giant buffalo turds.
8. It's a fact of life that all semi-attractive blond girls are virtually indistinguishable from one another. Therefore, it is impossible for one of them to ever stand out in a crowd, which means that Didi Benami will disappear into Idol oblivion long before the finale.
Conclusion: By process of elimination, Lee Dewyze is your Season Nine American Idol.
Additional Unrelated Observations:
Ellen Degeneres is fantastic. Her quick-witted humor and good natured banter with the contestants are exactly what was needed to replace the drug-addled and obnoxious Paula Abdul.
Who's idea was it to have Miley Friggin' Cyrus serve as an Idol "mentor"? Please. Half the singers on the show are better than she is. What's she going to tell someone like Crystal Bowersox, "Well, the first thing you need is a rich and famous daddy"? Who are they going to get next, Britney Spears?