3rd Annual Superstition Round-Up : Sifting the Tea Leaves and Predicting the Winners

The Idolworld is filled with a lot of wisdom – wisdom gained through years of observation discussion and obsession. Never dis a judge. Never wear a cow inspired jumpsuit. Never sing “Against All Odds”. If you can play an instrument, play it. If you find a cool cover on YouTube, credit it. If you find yourself assigned a song about penguins, start packing. The third season always sucks.

From this wealth of wisdom, superstitions/sign-posts/craziness has arisen – the ability to predict the winner out of the final two! Of course, like predicting the sex of a baby or the weather, these tea leaves can be tough to read and are often contradictory. It is hoped that by viewing them in their entirety, we can get a better forecast for the future. Now, this is the third season of reviewing the evidence, but that last two years have accurately foretold the winner. Can we do it yet again? Are their new clues to be discovered? Is our crystal ball in need of some Windex? Should we all be committed?

As usual, we will start with the one straight out of the Twilight Zone….

1) The Curse Of Kristy Lee Cook

The name “Kristy Lee Cook” invokes fear and awe across the Idol nation. You would have to live under a rock or have a life in order not to have heard of her legend. She has accurately predicted the last five winners of the American Idol and just when you think the curse has finally been broken, Kristy Lee arises again. The girls is like a phoenix or a cyborg or a bad infestation of fleas.

It all started back in Season 7. Kristy Lee Cook sold her beloved (but unnamed) barrel horse in order to attend the American Idol auditions in Philadelphia. While on the show, she did everything from butchering the Beatles catalogue to learning how to get out the patriotic vote before being eliminated in 7th position (seventh on the seventh season – yet another coincidence? Or did the fates have it all planned out?). That year, a gentleman with the same last name, David Cook, went on to win the season and everybody happily went about forgetting Miss Kristy Lee.

The next year, Kris Allen managed to win the season despite getting the cannon fodder edit and being made to sing in the second slot for much of the season. How could this happen? Well, somebody could not help but notice that the last two winners had something in common: KLC…Kris Cook. Odd coincidence, no?

When Lee Dewyze showed up in the voting rounds in Season 9, people were a bit concerned. Kris Lee Cook? Was he destined to win even though he frequently sang in the Key of Lee and wore a dead muskrat on his chin? He was indeed. Well, then, the curse is finished, even the most conspiratorial believed.

But don’t you believe it – a certain young man from Garner, North Carolina arrived at the Idol auditions. “What’s your name?” asked a hapless Steven Tyler not realizing what he would soon unleash. The lad responded “Scott McCreery – Scotty”. The ears on the Idol knoll perked up. Could that “ty” be completing Kristy Lee Cook’s name? Could this be the winner? Well, hell fire, save a match, * a duck and see what hatches. He was. Throw in the middle name “Cooke” for good measure.

That appeared to be it. Every single letter in Kristy Lee Cook’s name had been used up and she had no known middle name. The curse had finally, finally been broken. But had it? In season 12 Phillip Phillips arrived on the scene. Phillip means “horse lover”. Kristy Lee Cook was a horse lover. Kirsty Lee auditioned in Philadelphia. – Philadelphia/Phillip? And Phillip Phillips attended Lee County High School in Leesburg, Lee County. All those “Lees”. Surely that could only mean one thing? He would win! And he did.

Curse over? Surely it is tied to all those WGWG winners? No? There are no guys left. Surely there is nothing more that can be wrung from it? Don’t you bet on it!

Candice Rickelle Glover. Nothing. Kree Annette Harrison. Nothing again…no…wait a minute…
Kree….Kristy Lee…Kree…Kr(isty L)ee. Kree is a conjunction of Kristy Lee’s name! Now, quick, somebody tweet Kristy Lee and ask her the name of her favourite barrel horse. I bet it is Harrison! And to top it all off, Kree knows how to play the guitar. WGWG. Guy could be girl. Just sayin’. Maybe it s only the guitar that matters. If you see somebody named Listy from Cook County auditioning with a guitar next year, I’d start betting on her early before the bookies get wise.

Advantage: Kree
Accuracy: 100% (5 of 5)

2) You Cant Win if you Hit the Seal

This theory is actually pretty practical. Winners are typically popular out of the gate. If you are flirting with elimination, how are you supposed to win? Of course it’s not flawless because sometimes the race is pretty close. Let’s look at the stats:

Season 1: Kelly (never) vs Justin (Bottom 2 – Top 7): Advantage Kelly; Kelly won

Season 2: Ruben (Bottom 2 – Top 5) vs Clay (Needed WC to advance): Tough to call – Ruben actually won the semi-final round that Clay did not advance on, but Clay apparently led for the rest of the season – Advantage: Clay; Ruben won

Season 3: Fantasia (Bottom 2 – Top 7 & 4) vs Diana (Bottom 3 – Top 11, 9 & 8) Diana hit the seal more often, but earlier in the competition (indicating that she gained fans through the competition) and never hit the bottom 2 like Fantaisa did. Advantage: Diana; Fanatasia won

Season 4: Carrie (never) vs Bo (Bottom 2 – Top 8): Advantage Carrie; Carrie won
Season 5: Taylor (never) vs Kat (Bottom 2 – Top 10 & 4): Advantage Taylor; Taylor won
Season 6: Jordin (never) vs Blake (Bottom 3 – Top 7): Advantage Jordin; Jordin won
Season 7: David (never) vs David (never): Advantage none; David won
Season 8: Kris (Bottom 3 – Top 5) vs Adam (Bottom 2 – Top 5): Advantage Kris; Kris won
Season 9: Lee (never) vs Crystal (never): Advantage none; Lee won
Season 10: Scotty (never) vs Lauren (Bottom 2 – Top 5): Advantage Scotty; Scotty won
Season 11: Phillip (never) vs Jessica (Eliminated and Saved – Top 7): Advantage Phil; Phil won
Season 12: Candice (Bottom 2 – Top 4A) vs Kree (Bottom 2 – Top 5): Advantage?

Keep in mind that some weeks, we are not told who is bottom 2 so that may skew the results. There are eight seasons where the winner never hit the seal. Of those, six had runner-ups who had hit the seal. We could add in Season 8 because normally they don’t have a bottom three at top 5, so Kris would usually have had an unblemished record.

In seasons where both finalists hit the seal, Clay needed the WC and Diana hit it more often (though not as deep or as far into the competition as Fantasia). It could be noted that both lost to UAC artists, so it may be that fans of that genre are good at getting out the vote on final night.

I think both Kree and Candice were splitting votes the nights they ended up in the Bottom 2 (Kree with Janelle and Candice with Amber) and those vote splitters were eliminated that night. For the last two weeks, Idol has left us with the impression that Kree was in the Bottom 2, but said that the results were in not particular order. So was Kree actually in the Bottom 2 or was that just to make us think she was? Why? Discuss.

Advantage: Too close to call.
Accuracy: 81% (9/11) (100% if you remove the iffy calls from the calculation)

Maybe call it for Candice because Idol has given the viewing audience the impression that she has been in the bottom 2 several times and stole Angie’s spot (whether that is true or not, does not bother the majority of crazed voters – some of whom even write books!).

3) Alphabetically, Winners Always Come Last

Studies have shown that in an election, it is always best to have a name near the beginning of the alphabet. Apparently, voters get bored or their eyes glaze over or they fill out ballots like Brittany from Glee does her SAT tests, because getting near the top of the ballot increases your likelihood of winning. This is especially true in municipal elections where one must vote for a bunch of city councillors, school board officials, dog-catchers and such and you don’t really know who everybody is and who cares who catches your dog just so long as you get them back? Assuming they weed out the weirdos. Which, given some of the politicians I’ve seen, one probably shouldn’t assume.

Anyway, turns out the exact opposite true of Idol winners. All auditionees please change your name to Zero or Zeus immediately. Since all the guys cast were total cannon fodder, Kree has had this competition sewn up since the finals began since Amber, Angie, Candice and Janelle precede her in the alphabet.

David C/David A

Advantage: Kree
Accuracy: 100%

Candice should have used her middle name or changed the spelling of her name to Kuhandice.

4) Performance Order

The Home team always bats last – the last chance to win the game. Going last on Idol gives you the opportunity to leave the last impression. Your “Wow!” moment might erase everybody else’s “Wow!” moment as the entire audience cheers you one last time before the sparkling 19 shows up. It’s a tacit nod from the producers to the audience that this person is the best because they saved the best for last. Conspiracy theories have been built on who gets the pimp spot on Idol. Did somebody get it all the time because they simply are the best (hard to argue that when Ramiele closed the show with a devastatingly bad performance of “I Should Have Known Better” Top 11 night) or are the producers trying prop the person up (see Ramiele who survived that night to make the tour).

In any event, fans tend to let out a sigh of relief when their Idol gets the pimp spot. Rarely, do contestants ever get the boot from slot. Candice has had the pimp spot SF-Girls, Top 6 and Top 4A night. Kree had it Top 8 night and kind of Top 4B night (it was followed-up by a group number so it was not the last song of the night).

The evidence seems to indicate that Idols also believe in the magic of the pimp spot. In a rare bought of fairness, the Idol producers actually leave the final 2 pimp spot up to chance and have Ryan flip a coin (it may be that coin is weighted). Every time an Idol has chosen a slot, they have chosen the pimp spot. Two coin toss winners (Blake and Scotty) gallantly let their female opponent choose, and the female chose the pimp spot.

Spoilers have it that this year Kree won the toss and selected to go first. Eh? Scotty never got to go last and by the time he hit the finale, he had concluded that he had better luck not going last. Blake found out that he wouldn’t be allowed to re-arrange the turgid “This is My Now” coronation song, so he probably figured he might as well lie down in front of the bus – it might hurt less. Now I’m totally curious as to what Kree’s logic is. Given her expression in recent weeks, maybe she just wants it over with as soon as possible.

That said, the pimp spot does not guarantee the win:

Kelly/Justin: Kelly won the coin toss, sang last and won
Ruben/Clay: Clay won the coin toss, sang last and lost
Fantasia/Diana: Fantasia won the coin toss, sang last and won
Carrie/Bo: Carrie won the coin toss, sang last and won
Taylor/Kat: Taylor won the coin toss, sang last and won
Jordin/Blake: Blake won the coin toss, gave the choice to Jordin who sang last and won
Cook/Archie: Archie won the coin toss, sang last and lost
Kris/Adam: Kris won the coin toss, sang last and won
Lee/Crystal: Crystal won the coin toss, sang last and lost
Scotty/Lauren: Scotty won the coin toss, gave the choie to Lauren who sang last and lost
Phil/Jessica: Phil won the coin toss, sang last and won

Advantage: Candice
Accuracy: 64% (7 out of 11)

If you count the coin toss winners, 8 out of 11 (73%) have won.
If you are going to flaunt any of the superstitions, this is the one to flaunt. I guess Idol viewers are not so forgetful that they can’t remember two songs.

5) Majority Gender of Top 3

Okay, this one is a totally mute point this year. The entire top 5 and anybody with any real chance of winning were female. The thinking with this one goes that people likely prefer a certain style of singer and that style might be female/male (pretty broad if you ask me, but there are people who have stated that they only vote for males while others do the same for females, so this type of voter certainly exists). In any event, it is actually quite accurate (though some years, like this one, the entire top 3 is one gender). The only time it failed was in Season 10 when Scotty won against Lauren after Haley was eliminated.

Kelly/Justin/Nikki – two females, one male = female winner
Ruben/Clay/Kim – two males, one female = male winner
Fantasia/Diana/Jasmine – three females = female winner
Carrie/Bo/Vonzell – two females, one male = female winner
Taylor/Katharine/Elliot – two males, one female = male winner
Jordin/Blake/Melinda – two females, one male = female winner
Cookie/Archie/Syesha – two males, one female = male winner
Kris/Adam/Gokey – three males = male winner
Lee/Crystal/Casey – two males, one female = male winner
Scotty/Lauren/Haley – two females, one male = male winner
Phil/Jessica/Josh – two males, one fmeale = male winner

Advantage: Neither
Accuracy: 91% (soon to be 92%)

6) All Winners Come From the South

This has been a common mantra of Idol fans. Some even attribute Angie’s elimination this week on this phenomena. There are various reasons that people give for this rule. Some claim AT&T has more coverage in the South; some claim that all Southerners come from small towns, have a wealth of home town pride and have nothing other to do than vote on a Wednesday night (unlike those hip Northerners – IDK the people of Boston seem pretty proud of their town) and some get downright offensive. Of course, it helps that the definition of the “South” appears to be somewhat elastic. While few would dispute that South Carolina is part of the South, I think some might have an argument with places like Arizona and Missouri.

For the record, here is how I classify the wins:

Kelly (Texas)/Justin (Pennsylvania) – South won
Ruben (Alabama)/Clay (North Carolina) – Both from the South
Fantasia (North Carolina)/Diana (Georgia) – Both from the South
Carrie (Oklahoma)/Bo (Alabama) – South did not win (Oklahoma is mid-west)
Taylor (Alabama)/Katharine (California) – South won
Jordin (Arizona)/Blake (Washington) – Neither from the South
Cook (Missouri)/Archie (Utah) – Neither from the South
Kris (Arkansas)/Adam (California) – South Won
Lee (Illinois)/Crystal (Ohio) – Neither from the South
Scotty (North Carolina)/Lauren (Georgia) – Both from the South
Phil (Georgia)/Jessica (California) – South Won
Kree (Texas)/Candice(South Carolina) – Both from the South

Advantage: Neither
Accuracy: 80% (4 out of 5 times a Southerner faced somebody from the non-South), 64% (7 out of 11 winners from the South) – soon to be 67%

7) Double Letters for the Victory

Here is another quirky name related one. For whatever reason, double letters seem to be the hallmark of Idol winners – the more the merrier. So remember that when you are naming your children for AI Season 27 – should Fox stop messing with the formula and hiring judges that are repulsive to the audience so the show survive. Seriously, get 3 relatively mature adults that don’t drone on and on and on, know more than 5 words and don’t want start feuds with people for the most minor of incidents. Oh, and pick some interesting contestants and don’t make the manipulation so bad that even my dog has started commenting on it.

Oh, I could rant all day, but I have double names to discuss.

Season 1: Kelly Brianne Clarkson (“ll”, “nn”) vs Justin Eldrin Guarani (Zero!)

Season 2: Christopher Theodore Ruben Studdard (“dd”) vs Clayton Holmes Aiken (and that is why he also lost to Arsenio Hall on the Apprentice)

Season 3: Fantasia Monique Barrino (“rr” – wisely kept the last name until she won) vs Diane Nicole Degarmo (marrying Ace Young wil not help)

Season 4: Carrie Marie Underwood (“rr”,”oo”) vs Harold Edwin “Bo” Bice (should have had the nickname “Boo” instead)

Season 5: Taylor Ruben Hicks (no double letters unless you start gluing names together) vs Katharine Hope McPhee (“ee” – she should have won by this rule)

Season 6: Jordin Brianna Sparks (“nn”) vs Blake Colin Lewis (he may repeat syllables when beat-boxing, but he does not repeat letters in his name)

Season 7: David Roland Cook (“oo”) vs David James Archuleta (too bad the way people frequently mispell his last name was not true)

Season 8: Kristopher Neil Allen (“ll”) vs Adam Mitchel Lambert (none unless you do the name gluing trick)

Season 9: Leon (Lee) James Dewyze (“ee” – wise choice to pick up the double letter nickname – Idol voters approved) vs Crystal Lynn Bowersox (“nn” – nicknames trump milddle names).

Season 10: Scotty Cooke McCreery (“tt”, “oo”, “cc”, “ee” – a new record!) vs Lauren Alaina [Suddeth] (bad timing to drop the last name – though probably would still have been overwhelmed by her competitor)

Season 11: Phillip Phillips (“ll”, “ll”, same name twice, same name as his dad) vs Jessica Sanchez (“ss” – overwhelmed)

Season 12: Candace Rickelle Glover (“ll” in the middle name”) vs Kree Annette Harrison (“ee”, “nn”, “tt”, “rr” – ties the record with Scotty)

Advantage: Kree
Accuracy: 91%

8) First Time’s the Charm

It has been noted that winners are always first time auditioners. While some people come back time and time again before finally breaking through, other people show up to support their brother and go all the way to the top. Often, repeat auditioners don’t even make it to the finale. It may be that multi-year auditioners are just missing something and while they are a bit better when they come back, that is still not enough. But, we do know very good people that get cut every year in the audition process because that is not the story the producers want to tell that year. It may be that some people resent the multi-year auditioners because they come in with a built-in fan base. It may be that voters treat multi-year auditioners like they are houses that have been too long on the market – “There must be something wrong with them, even if I can’t see it”.

This is the first year for this theory, so let’s see if I can get the stats correct:

Season 1: Kelly vs Justin – obviously, both first time auditioners
Season 2: Ruben vs Clay – apparently, both first time auditioners
Season 3: Fantasia vs Diana – first timers, though Diana had done the pageant circuit
Season 4: Carrie vs Bo – first time for each
Season 5: Taylor vs Kat – two first timers
Season 6: Jordin vs Blake – first timers – but Jordin did audition in two cities (cut in the arena the first time) and was on the kids version of AI
Season 7: David vs David – also first timers (Archuleta had been on Star Search)
Season 8: Kris vs Adam – sensing a trend?
Season 9: Lee vs Crystal – again
Season 10: Scotty vs Lauren – first time these two were even eligible
Season 11: Phillip vs Jessica – this is an interesting year. While this was the first time the two were on American Idol, both tried out for Simon’s America’s Got Talent. Phil was rejected, Jessica was successful and made the wildcard round. Jessica’s run was better known and more resented

Season 12: Kree (first timer?) vs Candice (auditioned Seasons 9, 10 and 11)

Well, I don’t know. It seems clear that repeat auditioners have a tough time of making it to the finale, but ther is no evidence that it helps on the big night. Candice has made it the farthest thus far with people seeming to decide that she got cut in previous years because Randy is an idiot (hard to argue with that). So, maybe this rule does not affect her?

Advantage: Kree
Accuracy: 100%
Confidence:: 0%

7) Hairography

Basically, whoever has the least comment-worthy hair wins. If you are going bald, you are a virtual lock (there has to be some benefits to having to deal with that problem). If you are wearing wigs/extensions, dying your hair and working all those hair appliances, you are putting yourself at risk. Who knows, maybe more natural hair makes one look more organic. Maybe if you mess with your hair every week, people don’t recognize you (Idol fans are quick to forget!). Maybe as Glee explains, it makes one seem less serious and eats away at your credibility.

Kelly (short bob) vs Justin (Side Show Bob)
Ruben (bald) vs Clay (flat-iron addict)
Fantasia (no-nonsense pixie cut) vs Diana (long tresses wore in a variety of styles)
Carrie (long hair) vs Bo (longer hair, plus a beard!)
Taylor (grey hair, $8 hair cut) vs Katharine (hair extensions)
Jordin (flowing hair) vs Blake (always with the new styles, even changed from blonde to black!)
Cook (didn’t one of those over-reacting teens say “But he’s bald!) vs Archie (thick locks)
Kris (did he ever even change his hair?) vs Adam (even brought in his own hair stylist)
Lee (boring, non-descript hair plus muskrat) vs Crystal (much commented-upon Dreadlocks)
Scotty (started with a buzzcut and ended up with about an an inch of hair) vs Lauren (long hair, extensions, which ended up dyed two different colours)
Phil (ran away from the stylists, probably didn’t even own a comb) vs Jessica (always looking styled)
Kree (long hair that seems to get blown dry and she’s good to go) vs Candice (lots of different, stylish looks)

Advantage: Kree
Accuracy: 100%
Confidence: 20%

In our first year, Scotty took the majority of predictions, but Lauren held her own on a couple. Last year, Phil ran away with every category. This year, it’s a tough call. A lot of our bell-weather prediction tools have the contestants in a dead tie. While Kree wins the most of the categories, she is mainly dominating in the voodoo name categories (KLC curse, alphabet and double letters). Candice seems to have some traction in a few of the categories which actually have some kind of logic associated with them.

I’m going to go with crazy theories over logic and call the victory for Kree (plus I would never publicly bet against Kristy Lee). What say you?

Sources: Many of these theories are exracted from a variety of Idol related sites, all claiming to originate them. I salute the clever people who developed them whoever they are.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502398365 Aaron Krandel

    Queen candice has the ability to overcome these!

  • http://twitter.com/amym1972 Amy

    Love your superstitions/predictions. Kree for the win!!! :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1638805698 Jason Scott

    I called it back in Hollywood. Kree fulfills the Kristy Lee Cook curse. Kree will win.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    As usual, we will start with the one straight out of the Twilight Zone….


  • Prime_Minister

    I enjoy this every year! One of the few things that improves as Idol ages.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Laura-Corn/100001659368831 Laura Corn

    Lost me somewhere in the middle. The winner is…Nigel

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    I’m not sure if that hair superstition works for the David’s season. Cook was all over the place when it came to his hair. Next to his singing, it’s the thing most talked about … and on many occasions it beat out the singing. He auditioned with a bizarre, red mohawk. He spent Hollywood week like he slept with a huge curler on top of his head. He went through the semi-finals and the early stages on the big stage with a flatiron and a bangs sweep. Only in top 9 did he get a hair cut. But, then we ended up with extensions (including red ones) during top 4, rock week. I think anticipating his performances was almost secondary to anticipating his hairstyles.

    ETA: A fan even made a figure/diagram illustrating David Cook’s hair’s journey during Idol. LOL!

  • suenigma

    Ha, ha, ha! This entire post is EPIC, simply EPICI It must be saved for posterity!!!

    One minor quibble, Cook’s hair was by far the most talked about between he and Archie. He practically looked like a different person ever week. Hell, he even sported red extensions one week, and by the end they had died his reddish-blond hair dark brown. Red mohawk – audition, curly-q – Hollywood, flat-ironed – Happy Together, 70’s shag – Hello, and so on…
    It may have been more a function of baby fine hair and increasingly zany attempts to camouflage a somewhat prominent forehead and an indisputably large cranium, than serious balding, IMO.

    Oh, and those girls actual said “but he doesn’t even shave” not “but he’s bald”. LOL. Your worster is showing. ;)

  • hillbillybill

    I read this every year. I find it interesting every year. However, I think just like in the real elections, demographics and geography determine everything. WGWG from the south have both the right demographics and the right geography. In this case, neither Kree or Candice are true WGWG and both are from the south, so it makes it harder to predict. Perhaps it will come down to talent – something not even mentioned in the predictors.

  • suenigma

    Sassycatz, I see that you are me and I am you. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    My favorite is always the Kristy Lee Cook one. LOL. One advantage to Kree winning is that it keeps the curse alive!

  • http://stores.ebay.com/BookWomanBlues-Book-Nook Bobbi

    Definitely a fun read!

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    Enjoyed it!

  • http://twitter.com/hawkscool8 John S

    LOL I loved this. Although I always thought the “Philadelphia” thing for Phillip was stretching it.

  • http://twitter.com/ItsMyT1me Lori

    My favorite post, ever! Thanks for the laughs. I think I have to agree, Kree for the win. Just because…

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    The hair is the common talking point amongst his fans and his detractors. I especially loved the hair growing contest he had with that VH1 TV personality. The highlight for me was the finale of that contest where one of the “judges” at first stated that David Cook had LOST and would therefore have to have his head shaved. The look of absolute terror on his face was laugh out loud hilarious! Funny as hell, but … carry on thread with your superstitions talk. It’s my favorite topic because it’s so entertaining and goofy.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    lol. Bow down to Kristy Lee Cook!

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    I really enjoyed this read! Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Lol if she does I’d love for Kristy Lee Cook to come on stage… and be like….. I’ve decided to retire… or I’m officially leaving the show like the other judges….

  • JW

    Yes. Kree all the way!

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Of course it is, but if we didn’t do that it would end the fun! Besides, that is a lot of Lees LOL

  • abbysee

    I want this silly curse of KLC gone, Kree winning would reignite it. Candice winning would shatter not only that curse, but most other idol curses and memes, CandiRickelle ftw! It’s only fitting, clean sweep of judges. Shattering old idol superstitions.

  • Tom

    I’ve decided. I’m trying out for Idol 13. I’m going to tell them my nick name is Cookie and for each song I am going to take one strum on a guitar and then sing. I’m a shoe in to win it all.

  • Incipit

    Ever since Kirsten started doing these, I’ve looked forward to the evolution of the superstitions every year. So Cool. I always heard the KLC Prophecy – but maybe it became a Curse when that dude wouldn’t sell her back the Barrel Horse? *snerk*

    There aren’t too many 100%ters left – But the off the wall one for me is the alphabet order, because it’s so random, yet precise – no stretching necessary – and it’s still batting 100.

    But I gotta agree about DC’s hair – he changed it up every week on Idol, on purpose too, if you listen to the post-win interview – and he still hasn’t stopped.

    From 2008 – 15 Hairs on a Big Adventure.

    It’ll be fun to see what the new Stats are, after next week!

  • MV007

    I love idol and I think this was a funny read but there was entirely too much time put into this.

  • Madilo

    this is always funny to read, thanks

  • Madilo

    Candice is in trouble !

  • suenigma

    Don’t forget to shave your head, and for maximum effect, your nickname should be Cookee.

  • OzzyD

    Make it Toomm Leee Cookee! oo, mm, another oo, ee, AND a triple eee! yay.

  • tucker davis

    Very entertaining article…I loved it!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I haven’t followed Cook, but I have noticed changes in his hairstyle over the years. For me, the most noticeable change was in his pics for his second album. I thought that he had a lot more hair on top of his head. Did he have a hair transplant or use some kind of hair growth product?

  • Aaron Rodriguez

    Oklahoma is not part of the midwest.

  • Tom

    That’s an idea

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    It will not be over until they hold an Idols All Star edition during which Kristy Lee comes back and wins. Then and only then will she lift the curse.

    True story.

  • keware

    This was fun to read! Good job!

  • suenigma

    It looks almost exactly the same for his album cover as it did for Final Two Night, though? His fine, thin hair can look plastered to his forehead when down, but when spiked with a ton of product it looks thicker. Maybe extensions for the shoot? I don’t buy the hair transplant theory though, because his hairline is the same, and perhaps even a little thinner at the edges now.

  • 1rollbounce2

    Kirsten – have you considered professional help re: your condition?? LOL
    I wonder two things – what percentage of names/nicknames actually have double letters anyway. In my family of 5 – we all do,,,,if you count some called my brother bobby instead of Bob. Anyway – other than that – would be funny if Kristly Lee married a Glover or a Harrison.. (proud to say I don’t know and won’t search for answer)

  • HermeticallySealed

    Yep. South Central.

  • vdawg

    Yes Oklahoma is in the southwest, so Carrie would be considered a southern winner.

  • jtgraffix

    i never laughed so hard at an article here on MJ. probably one of my favorite reads in a long time!

  • NatSasic

    Really fun for Idol crazies like myself to read! I remember the KLC curse, but didn’t realise there was a link with P2 as well! Spooky.

  • abbysee

    Then we’re stuck, there’s no way 7th place finisher KLC will be included in that gig! Not unless Nikki McKibbon gets a spot as well, and Sanjaya, jasmine trias….. Hell Curtis Finch and Lazara with have twitter a bitchfest for real!

  • wordnerdarchie
  • suenigma

    Yep, that hairline is the same as it was 5 years ago. Perhaps a few strands shy now? Definitely no hair transplant. I honestly think that the early Idol combover was to disguise his stately forehead, not to cover severe balding. Not that I’d like him any less if it was. And let’s be honest, the hair’s days are probably numbered anyway.

  • suenigma

    Yes! It has been a little dark in these parts lately. This ranks right up there with the David Cook/Lana Jade thread for me in terms of laughs..

  • seashellz51

    Kudos to putting this altogether. Wow. Very interesting!

  • Montavilla

    I said this before, that demonic scream heard during Candice’s performance of “Lovesong” was the cry of the KLC curse leaving the building. She done exorcised that ghost!

  • suenigma

    Jeezuz! I almost forgot about that. My young children had nightmares that night. So freaky.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Which tattoo sags the worst. ;-)

  • http://about.me/elizabethrosalyn Elizabeth

    LOL. If Candice wins, I’ll run with that reasoning. :D

  • http://about.me/elizabethrosalyn Elizabeth

    Haha! I look forward to this post every year. KLC Forever! (And that just happened to be her last song on Idol too. Hmm…)

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Just a note…both Oklahoma and Missouri were part of the Confederacy, so they’re part of the historical South (married to a historian:).

  • Patrick Tang

    I’m going to move to the south, have a son, name him Zack Matthew Kristopher , give him his first guitar when he is 3 years old and let him grow up with country music.

    Here is our American Idol winner season 32.

  • wordnerdarchie

    But geographically, Missouri is considered Midwest. Hey, historically how far back do you want to go? It was part of the Louisiana Purchase which ranges all the way from the present state of Louisana up North through Montana & North Dakota.

  • JosieX

    Highly entertaining, Kirsten. Thanks!

    It seems like this is the first year since S8 that it feels like it really could go either way, and that makes the whole thing more interesting. I personally would give the nod to Candice, but the power of Kristy Lee Cook cannot be denied!

  • Larc

    Thanks for taking the time to do this, Kirsten. It’s one of the most entertaining things I’ve read in this blog.

  • jcabby

    This was a cool read! Well done!

  • voicesinmyhead

    Ok here’s one Season 3 finale white/black girl

    black girl will win Season 12

  • suenigma

    Ha! You win!

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I love this. I deem it true. Candice will be hence forth known as The Slayer. Let it be so! :0

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    That wasn’t just something I threw out there…I know people from Oklahoma identify with Southern culture (food, drawl, etc.), not so sure about Missouri. Know anyone from there to ask?

  • revolution

    culture wise, Oklahoma is more south than Florida…

  • wordnerdarchie

    For example, Missouri borders Nebraska, Kansas, & Oklahoma on the West, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee on the East and Iowa on the north. Having traveled through Missouri (it borders my state) the southern part has a definite Southern feel, the northern/middle (like Kansas City where Cook is from) seems Midwestern to me. I guess you could say it’s split, just like it was during the Civil War.

  • http://twitter.com/ItsMyT1me Lori

    This Floridian would disagree, but then again FL is a big state. We do have our fair share of country folk and rednecks, I mean southerners. ;) My family included!

  • http://twitter.com/SybilT2 Sybill Trelawney

    Carrie’s genre trumped geography: she sang country, while Bo was a rocker. The Southern demographic voted for the midwestern country singer, not the Southern rocker.

  • Venus Hooper

    I agree, I think Kree has it in the bag too! I’m going with the fact last two weeks in a row when doing/giving results Ryan has made the statement “remember these are in no specific order”, so whose to say Kree was bottom two? Was she or just hearing and seeing her up there led us to believe she was but wasn’t? The girl garner more votes than most think!

  • alt28023

    Kristy Lee Cooke thing always gets me!

  • http://twitter.com/Paul_Dickens Paul Dickens

    Maybe this is the last year of the curse considering she was eliminated on MARIAH CAREY week.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=34307244 Shana Collier

    Also, I’d say that few Idols were known for their hair quite as much as Taylor Hicks.

  • tati83

    The KLC is a freaky one for sure but the alphabet one is pretty crazy too. I mean it’s 11/11 so far. Darn, if Kree would have just chosen to go 2nd she would have this on lock hahaha!!!!! I hope Kree wins!!!

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    All I can say is my husband is from Missouri and though it might not be the deep south, the mentality and attitudes are the same. The voting south of American Idol isn’t due to geographical borders but due to cultural and religious attitudes. As for geography, drive across the bridge from Cincinnati, Ohio into Kentucky and you have left one world and entered another in a matter of 2 minutes. So state lines do not mean a whole lot.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Maybe she’s taking one for the team…those who want to put an end to the wrath of Kristy Lee Cook….

  • http://twitter.com/ArchieSue ArchieSue

    Love it, I’m literally laughing my ass off reading this. KREEDOM for the WIN!

  • springboard2

    I have one, ah ah, that is that the contestant with the most heart warming homecoming VT at top 3 wins.
    It would be Kree this year!

  • g1234y

    It is Kree..Very qualified to be the Next American Idol. The Ole Opry and Nashville is ready for her! She has a career now!

  • overthetop1

    That was a fun read.

    (MJ–“moot,” not “mute.”)

  • dabney c

    Haha, loved this post! The curse of Kristy Lee Cook never fails to make me laugh. It’s so hilarious … and creepy! I say Kree clearly has this in the bag.

  • dabney c

    I wonder if Kristy Lee is aware of her own curse.

  • dabney c

    I would name him Zack Lee Kristopher.

  • dabney c

    There was a David Cook/Lana Jade thread here? How could I have missed that!? Gonna have to search the archives now.

  • dabney c

    Laughing my head off.

  • dabney c

    Well, what fun is talent?

    Hey hillbillybill, er, do you play guitar? You really ought to consider trying out!

  • geekygirl

    stretching further, black vs white, Rubben and Jordin also won.

  • eyelinerandcigarettes

    “Phil (ran away from the stylists, probably didn’t even own a comb)”

    LOL. This made me laugh so hard for some reason.

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Thanks–and I agree, now that I think about it, I’ve been there. It’s been awhile, though, and it’s interesting to get others’ opinions.

  • Incipit

    dabney c, it’s an Epic thread, almost 500 comments, and if you can set aside two days to read it, bring tissues. It will have you laughing so hard you will cry. Not Homecoming Visit tears – this is a howler.

    It’s always fun to have a thread like this one at mj’s. IMO.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    This post is great! I really only vaguely knew about the KLC “curse” (it’s great to see it summarized in one place) and didn’t know about the other superstitions. It is kind of eerie how the winners all have some “connection” to KLC.

  • Karen C

    If Kree does 8 Days a Week I’ll be LMAO.

  • Connie Stamley

    Jordin is bi-racial. Her mom is white.

  • Connie Stamley

    I’m okay with either winning. I just hope the ptb don’t bus one and over praise the other. Just let the cards fall where they will. It’s so demeaning to both after all they’ve gone thru to get to this place.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree. I want both Candice and Kree to sing their absolute best and have great original/coronation songs to sing.

  • http://twitter.com/ItsMyT1me Lori

    I’d be very surprised if they changed their MO after all these years. If the producers don’t stick it to one of them with song choice, then the judges will bus and over-praise. That’s been their formula since the beginning even though it often backfires on them. But yeah, I totally agree with you.

  • Karen C

    That’s what I thought too. It’s a sign that Candice will win

  • Karen C

    I wrote this a couple of years ago, in December 2011, and never posted it anywhere, seemed appropriate for this thread :)


    Why a woman finally won a reality talent show

    So Melanie Amaro is the first woman to win a reality talent show in almost 5 years. Some believe that the dastardly wgwg (aka white guy with guitar) is to blame. Armed with his talent, artistry, boy next door charm and looks, and a guitar, this type has won just about all the reality talent shows there are.

    A clue to why this occurred is in the names of the last 4 winners of American Idol. Let’s see, David COOK, KRIS Allen, LEE Dewyze, ScotTY Mcreary. Some believe a contestant in Season 7 of American Idol is responsible for this, that she put a curse American Idol. Her name was Kristy Lee Cook. She was notorious for doing a country version of the Beatles 8 Days a Week, and it is possible that this is when the curse started. It was believed that the TY in Scotty broke the curse, but I don’t think it was just that. This became too widespread, and overtook other talent shows like America’s Got Talent (Michael Grimm), and UK version of the X Factor ( last years winner Matt Cardle), and spread to the Voice also. It seemed like the WGWG ( or BGWG) couldn’t be stopped. They were winning everything.

    But I believe the curse has finally been broken. On 12/11/2011, a female singing group called Little Mix won the UK version of the X Factor.
    So actually 4 women who didn’t play guitar had won a talent contest. And
    last night, Melanie Amaro won the US version of X Factor against 2 WGWG. What was the difference with this? Has the
    Kristy Lee Cook Curse finally been broken?

    I say it has finally been broken. And I have a theory on what finally broke the curse.

    On December 9, 2011 David Cook, not to be confused with Kristy
    Lee Cook, performed a cover of the Beatles 8 Days a Week during his concert in NYC. This was a rock version, like the original,
    not a country trainwreck like Kristy Lee’s version. He also performed it on December 10, at his concert in Las Vegas. So I believe,
    this is what broke the Kristy Lee Cook curse, because since this time, 5 women have won realty talent shows.
    LOL, I know this doesn’t explain Phillip, this was written before Season 11 of AI. I think it was Candice singing Lovesong that allowed the curse to be lifted, and that was what the demonic voice was.
    Maybe the solution is to have David Cook sing 8 Days a week at more concerts. Or to have more concerts…..

  • lollamape

    “Candice should have used her middle name or changed the spelling of her name to Kuhandice.”


  • Edward Wong

    Love the theories!! especially, Kristy Lee Cook!

  • http://twitter.com/cowboysandlace Rose

    I pray your right! American Idol got rid of Angie soooo Candice would WIN! I HOPE KREE WINS! BUT I THINK IT’S FIX FOR CANDICE TO WIN! Angie will be a superstar!

  • YeP

    I will be extremely disappointed if Kree wins.. I feel nothing when she sings, but she does have the better back story. Unless she has a major failureWWednesday, Candice should win. I feel Kree just isn’t the winner they need. I watched the Voice this week and was very impressed with the quality of singers. Even felt some if the eliminated contestants were better than Idol’s finalists. Honestly neither girl strikes me with star quality but hopefully they quickly go to an intensive boot camp.

  • YeP

    You’re so wrong. If they were manipulating or fixing votes or flat out lying, they would get in legal trouble. Stop being a conspiracy theorist

  • YeP

    He got a major makeover from audition to. Live shows. Wish they had done those type of makeovers this season. Both Kree and Candice could have benefited from new looks

  • girlygirl

    I went to college at the University of Kansas, which is about 40 minutes west of the Missouri border. I had a lot of friends from Missouri, and I’d describe them as Midwestern, not Southern. However, they were mainly from the Kansas City or St. Louis areas. Maybe the areas of Missouri that are close to the Kentucky, Tennessee or Arkansas borders would seem more Southern than Midwestern?

  • geekygirl

    I know that, but she is of colour while Blake was pure white :) Hey these are all tin hat theories! Fun to make connections

  • kcostell

    I’m not sure what you mean by this. Missouri was a border state that chose to remain in the Union rather than join the Confederacy, and at the time of the Civil War Oklahoma was primarily a Native American territory.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    Cook was born in Texas. That’s all I say when people bring him up and talk about the Southern connection.

  • bobo

    Very cute story, but my pet peeve is “mute point.” Moot–no longer relevant or material. “Mute” — Can’t speak. How “mute point” became common is “Ludacris!” I know, correcting blog posts makes me a “looser.”

  • Incipit

    Heh. This country has the most elastic geography known to man and – Texas ought to mean a Western State – or East Texas, or Central Texas, West Texas with their very different cultures – but if the definition is strictly historical it takes on a different connotation – and David was only a few months old when the family moved from Houston to the Midwest – the Kansas City area in Missouri anyway… so It’s all pretty funny.

    I just laugh and agree that Jordin is from southern AZ and Lee is from the South Side of Chicago – and go off singing “Leroy Brown” under my breath, anymore.

  • hdw121

    This is the most entertaining AI article I have read all season. well done!

  • Reflects On Life

    Here are 2 more trends, though they are statistically not as hefty as yours (due to smaller sample sizes):

    – Whenever a season has at least 1 country singer is in the T2, a country singer wins the season.

    Advantage: Kree

    – Whenever an AfAm female is in the T2, that AfAm female wins the season.

    Advantage: Candice

    – And its corollary: Whenever an AfAm is in the T2 in a winter season, that AfAm wins the season. (Justin lost on S1, a summer season.)

    Advantage: Candice

  • Reflects On Life

    IMO re Hairography, Kree & Candice are tied.

    Candice’s hairstyle changes have been subtle, and Kree’s hairstyle changes have been on par with Candice’s – subtle but somewhat frequent.

  • hillbillybill

    In spite of my user name, I am from San Francisco, California. (There are plenty of hills.) I don’t play the guitar, and I could possibly be the world’s worst singer – no talent, wrong geography, and wrong demographics.

  • Happyhexer

    Having lived in Missouri a number of years, I’d agree with you, wordnerdarchie, that the state is split. St. Louis has a somewhat eastern feel, Kansas City a somewhat western feel, and most places south of Interstate 70 (which bisects the state from east to west at about the midlevel of the state) have a somewhat southern feel. It’s kind of sui generis, though, doesn’t totally fit any particular cultural norm. On balance, though, I’d definitely identify the state as midwestern.

  • http://twitter.com/iliveforthis iliveforthis

    If Candice wins, I vote this comment of the year.

  • Montavilla

    Woo hoo! Then let’s get her that win!

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    Yes but people in this state love to stake claim. Even if he was only here for aa few months.