The real danger posed by alleged racist, money mongering Internet Troll sites such as the “Worsters” at Vote for the Worst.com is that if the viewers stop tunning in to watch American Idol and the show is cancelled, the opportunity for tens of thousands of music industry artists will vanish, and we will see a return to the old ways of becoming discovered, which means many will not stand a chance.
Phillip Phillips won season 11, but he was not the most talented singer. In fact, “When asked if he thought he would prevail after Tuesday night’s top two competition show, an incredulous Phillip gave powerhouse runner-up Jessica Sanchez—who some fans might argue was ‘robbed’—total props, answering: ‘No! Did you see Jessica’s last performance?’ Phillips also cited a standout performance by another powerhouse, Joshua Ledet’s ‘It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World,’ as one of his favorites of the entire season.”
Jessica is no “bot” as she sings with Jennifer Holliday
To explain the Worsters’ success, Ruchard Rushfield, the author of ‘American Idol: The Untold Story’ says, “But Idol voters aren’t thinking like record producers, according to Rushfield. “You have this alliance between young girls and grandmas and they see it, not necessarily as a contest to create a pop star competing on the contemporary radio, but as…who’s the nicest guy in a popularity contest,” he says, “And that has led to this dynasty of four, and possibly now five, consecutive, affable, very nice, good-looking white boys.” Source: ABC News
Therefore, viewers that stop watching American Idol because white boys with guitars win supported by the alleged racist Worster Internet Trolls may hurt undiscovered talent. In fact, without American Idol, even Phillip Phillips would not have had a chance to compete and win.
Phillip Phillips singing with John Fogerty – Bad Moon Rising
Although finalists such as Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet and Elise Testone (for example) did not win, these talented individuals may not be losers. A few, as other finalist losers have done, will sign contracts and record singles and/or albums and if they have an audience of fans that love their work, they will succeed. In fact, some finalists have been more successful than winners.
If we compare the winners of the previous four seasons that the Worsters claim to have helped win, we learn who the real winners are.
When we add up the sales numbers of the winners from seasons seven through ten, the sales of albums add up to less than three million in combined sales while one white boy with a guitar, Lee DeWyze of Season 9, sold less than 150,000 albums.
However, David Archuleta (season 7) and Adam Lambert (season 8) both finalists that lost did sign contracts and went on to sell more than a million copies each. In fact, the combined sales of finalists that did not win on American Idol, but signed contracts anyway, total more than 18 million albums. If American Idol had not existed, this would not have happened.
Phillip Phillips singing with John Fogerty – Have You Ever Seen
Therefore, every time a fan of American Idol stops watching the show because a less talented white boy with a guitar wins, those viewers are only helping alleged racist Internet Trolls known as the Worsters to ruin it for everyone even those white boys with guitars.
To discover the real winners that compete on American Idol, we have to wait and see how many albums these artists that landed in the loser’s circle sell to their fans.
I suspect that these Worsters are examples of young adults that as children were raised by parents that pushed a sense of false self-esteem, and these adult children cannot stand competitions where talent and merit count more than just dreams and mediocrity. Instead, the Worsters are bitter and hate the real world where merit is the only way one really succeeds in life.
Worsters were raised to believe that all one had to do was dream of fame and it would arrive without effort until, as adults, reality taught them the truth and now they are jealous and want to ruin it for artists that are willing to work hard and risk failure to have a chance at success.
Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of The Concubine Saga.
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