‘American Idol’ Churns Out Another Winner

By | Wednesday May 23, 2012 @ 7:13pm PDT

I don’t give a shit who won this 11th season’s increasingly stale and ratings-challenged American Idol because they all sound like cats being strangled and few make any impact on the music industry. But if you care, then comment here. I can tell you that host Ryan Seacrest announced a record 132 million votes in the showdown between 21-year-old bluesy guitar guy Phillip Phillips and 16-year-old teenage songbird Jessica Sanchez during tonight’s finale. At least that’s how AP describes the warblers competing for a recording contract. Do not read more if you don’t want to know who won:
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Social Media Analysis Firm Projects An ‘American Idol’ Upset

American Idol PredictionsI don’t want to go overboard on American Idol predictions. But after reporting yesterday that online betting sites overwhelmingly see Phillip Phillips coming in first, I feel duty-bound to note that a firm that … Read More »

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Will ‘American Idol’s’ Jessica Sanchez Prove Odds-Makers Wrong?

By | Monday May 21, 2012 @ 3:24pm PDT

Philip Phillips Jessica Sanchez American IdolIt would be a huge upset if the preternaturally gifted 16-year-old wins Season 11 of American Idol on Wednesday. Online odds-makers unanimously consider the Dave Matthews-influenced Phillip Phillips to be the favorite — which would make him the fifth consecutive white guy with a guitar to take the prize. Ireland’s Intrade gives Phillips a 78% chance of winning. At Curacao-based Pinnacle, a $1 bet on Phillips would pay $1.262, while one on Sanchez would pay $4.22 if she wins. Antigua’s Intertops says $1 should pay $1.40 on Phillips and $2.75 on Sanchez. And at Bodava, based in the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake, Canada, a $13 bet on Phillips would net you a $4 profit if he wins while $2 on Sanchez would pay $5. What to do? As far as I’m concerned, nothing. Despite the show’s hype about the democratic nature of its “nationwide vote,” we know little about who casts ballots and how accurately their votes are counted. Frank Luntz isn’t out there conducting focus groups. Still, if you’re foolish enough to bet Read More »

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