May 21, 2009

I hope it has to do with your talent and the performance that you give and the package that you have. It's not about religion and all that kind of stuff. It's about music. That's really important to keep in mind.
- Adam Lambert

I suppose I anticipated the American Idol upset yesterday, when I wrote about how a tie in the judge's scores unveiled a percentage of the American voting public which votes by image and associations, completely independent of talent. Never having seen the show, I can't speak to the relative talent of Kris Allen and Adam Lambert in American Idol. However, the image each projects ties directly into the patterns identified in the previous post, complete with the elimination of one contestant whose votes were much more likely to go to one finalist over the other for reasons that have nothing to do with talent.

In dancing, image -- but not candidate association outside the performance -- is part of the talent package. In music, however: if it were only about the music, why focus so much on the presentation?

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