Also, I did not feel like Taylor's first song was any better than Katharine's. Maybe I am being a bit bias, so can anyone explain to me how Taylor slaughtered Katharine in "round 1"?
You've said that Taylor was not your favorite finalist, which is fine, you know, everyone's entitled to his own taste. I'm just saying that I wouldn't expect you to agree with this, but those who like what Taylor does best in bringing energy to soul singing would say that Living For The City
was more a song in Taylor's wheelhouse than Black Horse And The Cherry Tree
was in Katharine's. She didn't seem comfortable with the song and admitted afterwards she got off to a bad start because she couldn't hear the band, and in a live performance in a new venue and with all the pressure, that's probably what happened. Did they torpedo her on purpose, as you suggest? Possible, but I don't know why. I think she's easier to sell than Taylor. I thought you didn't like conspiracy theories!
I thought City
was Taylor's only very good performance last night.
IMO, the show needs to let the show be about the singers and let them decide their own fate. This season, the producers and judges have basically done everything they can do to hand pick who they wanted. . .and very little of it had to do with anyone's vocal performances.
Yeah, the problem here is that the producers and Simon Cowell have a vested financial interest in who wins. They are investing money to produce the winner with a guaranteed contract. So they worry about being saddled with somebody they don't think is marketable and who wouldn't earn back their investment. You said before you thought Katharine was more marketable than Taylor, and based on looks, it's hard to disagree. There is more that goes into making money these days in singing than just singing ability, so I don't think that's totally unfair. But it does suggest that as a game show, there is more than a little potential for American Idol'
s outcome to not going be left totally up to the audience's whims. There's too much money at stake. In a real TV game show, the producers are supposed to have no vested interest in the outcome. That doesn't work for American Idol
(or other reality show competitions).