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Not an Idol?

Posted Thursday, March 13, 2008, at 8:28 AM

David Hernandez was voted off American Idol last night. I was disappointed to see him go. Based on talent, I think he has far more talent than last night's other bottom two have. Do you think his personal life contributed to his short life as a Top Twelve contender? I do.


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His personal life absolutely contributed to his going home. American Idol is no longer a talent competition, it is a popularity contest now. If it were based on talent Kristy would have gone home last night for sure!! She was terrible. I think Amanda should go soon also. David was the best of the bottom 3 in my opinion and deserved to stay around a little longer, who cares what he did in the past?!

-- Posted by titansfan on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 8:43 AM

No, David was not the best in the bottom 3. America does not need another gay celebrity. We have enough of them "in our face" already.

-- Posted by time2relax on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 8:56 AM

For some reason I really like Amanda. I think she is fun to watch.

I agree David was by far the best of the bottom three.

It's a free country, but I totally disagree that one's sexual orientation should limit a person from being a celebrity.

-- Posted by sfowler on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 9:14 AM

I also think David was the best of the bottom three, and I agree with titansfan that it's a popularity contest now and not one based on talent. I like Amanda, too, but I don't think she will win it all.

I liked David and was disappointed that he was voted off last night. Who cares what he did before IDOL?

-- Posted by k_collins39 on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 9:23 AM

It's complex when you're talking about Idol, because -- unlike, say, "Survivor" -- contestants aren't actually "voted off." No one cast a vote to get rid of David Hernandez, because you don't vote for the person you want to see leave, you vote for the person you want to see stay. (Unless you're obsessive enough to, for example, vote for 11 people just to spite the 12th.)

So let's say that there are three or four contestants who had really good performances this week, and the majority of casual home viewers split their votes among those four. Everyone is going to get some votes, but for some of the "also-ran" contestants, I'm guessing that a lot of the votes come from die-hard fans -- the people who just like contestant X and plan to vote for contestant X every week, no matter whether he/she had a good week or not.

Simon said, after the three low scores had been announced, that he thought the voters had voted correctly -- the three people who got the least votes were the three people with the weakest performances. Within that bottom three, we might well wonder whether outside factors played a part in who came in first and who came in last -- but I think the question is more whether Hernandez' die-hard fans were put off enough to lose enthusiasm for him, not whether the general public was consciously trying to punish him.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 9:48 AM

Yikes!

If'n they start takin' gay sinners off the air,they might go after the hetero crowd next!

(You know why they'd do that,don't you?

They can make those without sin buy their own air time.)

This would be the first step in attacking the actors,writers' guilds and anybody else who might try and exert pressure on them at the negotiation table.

Remove everything but a reality that's in the public domain and make its sponsors create the product and pay to show it.

The outcasts would have to resort to alternatives like live venues,youtube and DVD.

(and you thought the end of analog t.v. was bad.)

-- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 10:13 AM

Regardless of whether he is gay or not ( I am not convinced that he is, I think maybe he just needed a job) he is still a good performer. I am not interested in sleeping with him so his or anyone else's sexual preference is of no importance to me. I agree that this is not like he was voted to be cast off, he just didn't receive the votes to keep him on there. I think people changed thier opinion of him after it came out about his past. At the same time, what do we really know about all the other contestant's pasts and what does it really have to do with how they perform?

-- Posted by titansfan on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 11:03 AM

Past or not...I don't like any of the bottom three from last night. I'd think the two left will also be there next week.

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 11:21 AM

I have to agree Jacks the bottom 3 were exactly were they belonged last night..and quite honestly David was the worse of the 3. :>(

-- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 4:30 PM

Ahh I liked David H! I was sure, along with most of the country including Kristy, that Kristy Lee Cook would be gone this week. I think she will be next week.

I'm not sure who will win yet but I definitely like the guys better than the girls this year.

-- Posted by DannysGal on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 8:57 PM


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Sadie Fowler is lifestyles editor for the Times-Gazette.
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