“American Idol” is the No. 1 show in America. It has dominated the ratings for the past four years. And people who watch “American Idol” are quick to choose favorites, say what they think, get on blogs and in chat rooms and trash or praise performances. And then there are the Idol finalists themselves. You know they have opinions, but what are they? They seem to be contractually obligated to say nice things about each other during the seasons in which they perform, but what about afterward? What do the ones who have come before think of those performing now?
“Eye On Idol” is asking just that: Asking the opinions of past Idol finalists, like Bo Bice, Diana DeGarmo, Constantine Maroulis and Mikalah Gordon.
This week they spoke with Mikalah Gordon. She told them she liked the addition of the new judge, Kara DioGuardi. She liked Norman Gentle (as long as he stayed true to his quirky self). And she decided to love Tatiana Del Toro (as opposed to hating her) and her dramatics.
But, she told “Eye On Idol,” Adam Lambert should be sent home because of his prior experience in “Wicked.” She thought Lambert was talented, she said, but he came to “American Idol” with a fan base and she didn’t see any difference between his situation and that of Joanna Pacitti, the Top 36 finalist that was given the boot and replaced just before the Final 12 elimination rounds.
Really? No difference? How about the fact that Joanna Pacitti toured this past summer with Nick Lachey (you remember: Jessica Simpson’s ex), who just so happens to be signed with the same people that give out the album contracts to the last standing American Idol: Sony.
There was the possibility that Joanna Pacitti, after having been exposed, through her dealings to appear on six soundtracks and the tour with Nick Lachey, to people that may have influenced her getting through to the Final 12. The Los Angeles Times reported that a source close to “American Idol” said that the show let Pacitti go to avoid even the slightest hint of impropriety.
Being attached to “Wicked” for two years and having a fan base does not even come close to being connected to the people at Sony. Still, if one wishes to extrapolate, “Wicked” is produced by Universal, which is a parent of Geffen Records.
There’s a bit of a stretch there, but if you perform the proper mental calisthenics, you can see how Adam Lambert should be kicked off the show as well.
Mikalah Gordon’s argument against Adam Lambert does not seem to hold up under scrutiny. That he had a fan base going into “American Idol” is not reason enough to boot him, either. David Cook already had an album out and had built up a fan base in the Midwest by the time he auditioned for “American Idol.” The same can be said for many of the artists that audition.
But Mikalah Gordon is entitled to her opinion. Still, the opinion that Adam Lambert should be asked to leave the show because his situation seems “kind of the same idea to me, you know?” just seems baseless.
But that’s just another opinion.
Adam Lambert will perform in Round 2 of the Top 36 eliminnations Wednesday night.