American Idol is hogging the weekly TV ratings again, and if you saw this week’s Motown series, you know why. (Incidentally, for the rest of you who said, “No”… I say, “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire”).

Recently, a piece came out from MTV about American Idol that happens to have many folk in this country buzzing.


American Idol cares about the environment, just not the guy who made it

No, it’s not about the show being rigged… allegedly. It’s not surrounding the jacked-up voting process and whose tail should have been in the bottom three [COUGH…Megan Joy…COUGH].

What does that chic have to do anyway to get in the bottom three? Spank a puppy on a street corner? Trip an old lady as she crosses a street? Pimp slap Simon? Anywhoo…

Nah, this country would rather rant and rave about the outward expression of faith. Figures.

This season, though, a large number of those faithful viewers have more than a casual pop-culture interest in the show: They’re Christians who are also watching because more than half of this year’s crop of finalists — including Danny Gokey, Michael Sarver, Kris Allen, Scott MacIntyre, Matt Giraud and Lil Rounds — either have a strong affiliation with the church or are worship leaders in their communities.

So, nicely done by MTV, right? They talk about all the Jesus Freaks gracing the sound stage and instantly there are watching parties among youth groups across the country. Not so much.

According to this follow-up by MTV, many of American Idol’s viewers just want Jesus to be put in the bottom three.

We learned two things about “American Idol” fans last week when we ran a story on how this year’s show features more Christian-affiliated finalists than ever before: Most of you don’t care what religion a singer is as long as they’re good, and the rest of you think even pointing out religion on “Idol” is “absolutely outrageous.”

Anyone remember last season when the producers of American Idol decided to make an iTunes-friendly worship song out of “Shout to the Lord”?! Well, now it seems the world’s most famous talent show is rocking like the BarackStar to shill for Christian voters in an effort to crush the competitors in the ratings.

True, this is a singing competition and not a preaching contest. It’s a stage, not a church lectern (although in some of today’s megachurches, that is interchangeable). We vote for the most talented, not the most godly.

But, what’s wrong with a vignette that discusses a singer’s faith? Are there that many folk out there in TV Land with guilty consciences? Is the conviction of the Holy Spirit spreading faster than rumors about Clay Aiken’s eh, preference? (Or that Adam Lambert with that Freddy Mercury voice).

Whatever the case, folk are irate about it and quite honestly, they need take a break.

The question is, “What does faith have to do with their singing?” Answer: LOTS!

My faith equips me to put my pants on while I’m standing up, much less write this blog. Imagine singing in front of 30 million people. You think you might ask “God” for a little help before that drop of pee trickles down your leg?! Don’t need faith to sing like that… on that stage. Puh-lease. You need faith to walk your doggy these days.

Naturally, this is just another effulgent example of America’s only permissible prejudiceChristianity.

Ah well, here’s to hoping the aforementioned “IDOLators” gather ’round their Bibles and have a Gospel night. Sure, the ratings would blow but at least folk would sing a lot more than Hillsong and Mercy Me. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. We can all only imagine.

  1. Paul Angone says:

    My wife (girlfriend at the time) tried out for American Idol two years ago. Common sense would tell you this, but it was interesting to see first hand how American Idol was as “reality” as a WWF wrestling match.

    She made it past the first four auditions over a couple day spans, (which they obviously don’t show you), to get to Simon, Paula, and can’t remember his name.

    She is a very good singer. She sang, they told her just not good enough, and that was that. It was pretty uneventful, so she wasn’t on TV. She wasn’t wearing a snakeskin jacket and singing “Welcome to the Jungle” or any thing like that.

    But the next time you hear that terrible person, who gets demolished by the Simon wrecking ball and cries at the end “But every body has been telling me how good I am”. Know that they have made it passed three auditions, where that’s exactly what the producers have been telling them.

    Not to say the cat-tortured-singers are not to blame, because gee whiz, lets take a honest look at our talents. But still…It was a long couple of days.

  2. Joe says:

    no kidding, there’s no need to be so insecure about one subject over another; some people are silly and shortsighted, i guess there’s no way around it

  3. Brad says:

    Apparently the other permissible prejudice is homophobia which you displayed by the fact that you had to mention that Clay and Adam have a certain eh, preference. By setting them apart you show your prejudice. Isn’t the most important thing that they are hugely talented or does it matter who they love? Why bring it up?

    • hiscrivener says:

      Nah. No homophobia. And I’ve looked in my closet and nothing scared me there. Clay was a target for scrutiny (even by “that” community… quotes just for you) because he lied, fronts a marriage and child, then decides to be who he believes he is.

      Adam is already under that magnifying glass. Pity for him. Fodder for me. Oh yeah, both are talented – Adam more so.

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