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‘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 analyzes social media and Twitter traffic says today that Jessica Sanchez “is the safest pick to win.” From May 18-20, the 16-year-old averaged 61,489 daily mentions vs 38,372 for Phillips, according to General Sentiment. What’s more, it says, “Fans lauded Sanchez’s singing voice, while recent reports of Phillips’ kidney problems caused some concern.” Last year the firm correctly picked Scotty McCreery to win, but in 2010 it wrongly forecast that Crystal Bowersox would beat Lee DeWyze. The firm looked at the brands followed by 577,833 people who also follow Idol’s official Twitter handle. Disney, Starbucks, ESPN, Pixar, and Fox News led the list. Although Coca-Cola is one of Idol’s most ubiquitous sponsors, Pepsi had more overlaps with the show’s Twitter followers.

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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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