Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Flame Out


So, in a shocking upset, the incredibly gay kid didn't win on American Idol.

The contrived controversy and endless media debate over whether his sexuality cost him the title begins in 3... 2... 1...

13 comments:

em said...

If the AI gods didn't give the crown to (the very obviously gay...well to me, at least) Clay Aiken, they sure as hell weren't gonna give it to the gay kid with eyeliner and nail polish. But eh. I'm still somewhat surprised this show is on the air, and that the failed contestants are still clogging up the record bins and iTunes with their lame albums.

And is the "upset" really that "shocking" to the media? I mean, I live in Chicago, and I'm reminded of the fact that the rest of the country is, uh, a lot more like the rest of my state than my city every time I leave Chicago city limits.

(And all that aside, the frustrated painter/makeup artist in me really, really, really wants to do Adam's makeup. Just once).

R said...

So not shocking. I have seen the proof firsthand, that had he been slightly less flamboyant, he may have stood a chance.

Mart said...

When watching the gay kid this season I thought he would be great in a band as a "Freddy Mercury" type. Watching him tonight with Kiss and then with Queen made me laugh - that shit was awesome - in the schloky corny A/I style.

I had sworn off getting sucked into this again before tonight. I may be back. I wish the gay kid many $$millions in spite of the millions of 13 year old Christian girls voting against him. With the right band and songs he could make a lot of money.

Chez said...

Kris winning AI is like Crash winning an Oscar. It just makes no sense if it's really all about quality. The kid is thoroughly boring and only marginally talented -- particularly compared to Adam. I admit that Adam's flamboyancy makes him at least interesting (although his voice annoys the hell out of me) and that overall he's light years more talented and a far better performer than Kris. But like I said last week -- it all came down to who greased the loins of the teen girl set and who was less threatening.

Chances are there was also a very loud backlash to the media's anointing of Adam as the Chosen One. I mean, for fuck's sake -- the kid is on the cover of Entertainment Weekly this week.

None of it matters, though. Kris will vanish once this news cycle is over and Adam will likely go on to have a pretty decent career. Hey, at least he can duet with Katy Perry on Ur So Gay.

Ally said...

I don't watch AI - know nothing about it - but sweet Jesus, tell me that pic is really the Lambert kid. Knowing it's him will just make my entire day.

Jen said...

I voted for Kris. I think Adam is a fantastic entertainer, but I don't always want to *listen* to Adam - the shrieking turns me off. Kris may not be as magnetic a stage presence as Adam, but the kid does have a fantastic voice and loads of natural talent. Sometimes it really does just come down to the vocals, Chez.

Chez said...

Jen -- If it just came down to the vocals, Adam should have won. He's got a stronger (albeit more annoying) voice with a much better range.

Ally -- Yup, that's him. There's another picture that's made the rounds of Lambert kissing a guy. Not only do I not care about his sexual orientation, I actually would've liked to have seen an openly gay kid get the win. But there was no way you could tell me that that kind of thing wasn't gonna turn off a pretty sizeable portion of the population. I'm talking about people whose argument will always start with something like, "Well, he can do what he wants in the privacy of his bedroom, but..."

cousinavi said...

Living in Asia has its good and bad points. Having no idea who either of these people are and never witnessing a single episode of the show seems a fair enough trade for not being able to easily get a really good hamburger.

Jason said...

Some of you are missing what really happened.

Kris Allen won because he makes a better shill for the American Idol produced music.

Adam Lambert didn't win because he's got somewhat of an actual career going on, and who wants to bother someone with real talent singing some of the crap that AI writes for them post-show?

You can talk about the votes, you can talk about popularity contests, Adam being gay, whatever. The point is, Adam has more creative license to do what he wants now.

Chez said...

I really thought it went without saying that whether Lambert won or lost didn't make a difference -- he's set either way. And yes, he's in a better position now to do the kind of music I'm sure he wants to. He'll also have a longer career than Kris -- who will likely suffer from the fact that the audience will be asleep about five mintues after he steps onstage.

Darren Woolley said...

The really interesting point here is that Kris was genuinely suprised to win. Adam was always the vocal talent, and Kris will forever know that it was a false win. Adam is free to have the career he deserves, without the AI manufacured music weighing him down. If you doubt the difference between the two, look at the artists that chose to perform with Adam in past few weeks - those guys would never appear on AI for anyone less cool, not to mention someone SO less cool such as Kris. I look forward to an awesome career, Adam, and while I wait, I have some awesome, if short, tracks to play again...

Dona said...

I agree with you, Chez.

And funny you mentioned Crash - I, too, was surprised it won best pic.

Ryan said...

"Adam is free to have the career he deserves, without the AI manufactured music weighing him down."

Not sure that's true... every one of these kids signs their recording life away when they get to the end (~final 12 etc.)

19 Entertainment & Co. will have first right of refusal over all of them, so Adam won't have all that much freedom - but I suspect they'll give him the latitude to make the kind of music that suits him.