You guys have voted, overwhelmingly, for The Math Heads, featuring Nick Boddington, Matheus Fernandes, Gabe Brown, Mathenee Trecco as your favorite group from last night. As of Thursday afternoon, 48% voted them #1. The Coach Potatoes, featuring Charlie Askew and Curtis Finch, Jr. came in second, with 22.36 percent of the votes, and Young Love, featuring Zach Birnbaugh, Nate Tao, Cortez Shaw and Elijah Liu came in 3rd with 8.3% of the votes.
However, vote totals were down overall, with only 492 of you weighing in. Usually we average about 1,000 votes on a poll. Also, my video partner IdolXFactor tells me his counts for last night’s videos are down.
I understand that Idol producers want to break the streak of male winners. Five seasons of guy champions is a bit much. But, attempting to achieve that goal by painting the guys as untalented, unattractive, uncommitted, asshatty, stupid, boring and/or lazy is not going to cut it. Even in years when the girls came out on top, there was crush material for the female fanbase to swoon over. Jordin Sparks’ Season 6 had Blake Lewis and Chris Richardson. Carrie Underwood’s Season 4 had Bo Bice and Constantine Maroulis, and Kelly Clarkson’s Season 1 had Justin Guarini. Cute, talented boys help create buzz, and before you know it, folks who had no intention of watching become invested.
Creating a guys-as-losers narrative is going to come back to bite the producers. And it could still result in a guy winner–but one who isn’t engaging or talented enough to create buzz during the season or thrive in the post-Idol musical landscape. If tonight’s episode isn’t an improvement over last night, good luck enticing viewers to come back for the girls round next week–which I have no doubt will feature stellar talent.
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