The True Value of American Idol – Part 1/2

One of the most difficult challenges for most aspiring artists (authors, actors and singers) is being discovered and building a fan base.  National TV talent contests such as American Idol offer these unknown artists a chance at recognition and to build a fan base by reaching a large audience.

Without these national talent programs, the road to gain recognition is a difficult one, and many talented artists may never be in the right place at the right time to have a shot at the success they dream of.

In fact, it is obvious that the odds of becoming a success in the music industry are about as high as winning a state lottery, which is about 20 million to one. For American Idol contestants, the odds may be better since the program only hold auditions in about six cities, and the number that audition can exceed 10,000 people in each city. Between 1 to 60 people in each city may make it to the Hollywood audition where the top twelve finalists are selected.


Great performance but not the best original song for Jessica.

The sad news is that eventually, American Idol may be cancelled as so many TV shows are when the number of viewers drops too low. In a May 24, 2012 New York Times piece, it was alleged that American Idol’s number of viewers is dropping drastically due to audience fatigue, but I suspect that the drop in viewers may be mostly due to the five white guys playing guitars that won the last five seasons of American Idol.

For example, 29.3 million viewers watched the finale for season 10 but only 21.5 million watched the 2012 finale. American Idol once held the record for most consecutive seasons (ten years) as number one. The largest viewing audience was 37.44 million season 6. Since then, the audience has been shrinking.  Between season six and eleven there was a drop of about 57% in viewers.

The real culprit of this decline may be Vote for the Worst.com, which claimed this morning that they had succeeded. “We did it, Worsters! 132 million votes were cast last night, and in the end, we helped the fifth straight white guy with a guitar win American Idol… we succeeded yet again and helped make sure Pinoybot Jessica Sanchez was left in the loser’s circle.”


Jessica singing “I Will Always Love You”

Vote for the Worst.com launched in 2004 with the goal to support contestants on American Idol that the producers would hate to see win (according to the Worsters), and the Alexa stats show that the Worsters’ site has a very high search engine rank of 57,917 (which translates into the top .01% ) internationally and 18,539 in the United States with 693 sites linked in. Based on internet averages, Alexa says this site is visited frequently by females who are college educated in the age range 25-34 with no children.

The goal of any serious Website/Blog is to have a search engine rank in the top one percent. The Worsters have more than achieved that.

The Worsters are wrong about Jessica being a Pinoy, which is a term coined by expatriate Filipino Americans in the 1920s to refer to their immigrant ethnicity.  Jessica was born in the United States and her father is an American citizen of Mexican descent that honorably served in the US Navy as did Jessica’s Filipino grandfather. Jessica’s father and grandfather defended the United States and fought for it as I did in 1966 when I was a US Marine serving in Vietnam and less than one percent of Americans serve in the US military to fight its wars as patriots.


Great Song!  Best I’ve heard Phillip Phillips sing!

At best, Jessica is a Pinoy-Latino American.  Tacking on the term “bot” to “Pinoy” making it “Pinoybot” alleging that she is a Filipino robot or an internal parasite of animals and that is an insult and a racial slur revealing the real character of the individuals behind the “Worsters” movement that supports mediocrity. It is obvious that the “Worsters” are alleged racist Internet Trolls.

However, how long Jessica Sanchez will be left in that so-called American Idol loser’s circle as a “Pinoybot” may not last long as we shall discover in Part 2, and most of those white boys with guitars that the Worster’s claim they helped win may be the real losers as the facts suggest. In addition, Vote for the Worst.com runs ads, which means they are monetized and using their negative spin to attract a gullible audience to turn a profit.

Continued on May 26, 2012 in The True Value of American Idol – Part 2

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3 thoughts on “The True Value of American Idol – Part 1/2

  1. It suddenly dawned on me to compare how long Jessica sang the lyrics for her original song and how long Phillip sang the lyrics for “Home” (actually sang instead of hummed along with all of his backup singers or strummed the guitar while the drums pounded, which went for about 50 seconds—I listened to both songs and timed them out).

    Jessica’s “Change Nothing” ran for 2 minutes and forty-two seconds and she sang for the entire song with her perfect, powerful voice. There was no humming—-no flaws.

    Phillip Phillip’s “Home” ran for 2 minutes and thirty second and he actually sang for less than half that time. The song writers wrote a beautiful song and took into account his weaknesses as a singer and made sure that more than half of the song were the drums and Phillip humming with the backup singers near the end, which doesn’t count as singing lyrics. Phillip’s song was better but not because he sang it. His voice would have faltered if he had vocals for the entire song. I’ve heard him do it before.

  2. Anthony McCartney of Associated Press reports, “Wednesday night’s runner-up, 16-year-old Jessica Sanchez, doesn’t have a definite shot at producing an album and could be paid as little as $30,000 in advances for recording singles, according to the “Idol” contract she and other Season 11 contestants signed earlier this year…

    “…(Jessica) Sanchez will rake in $50,000 for her appearances. Both are also set to get a cut of merchandise profits.

    “No matter what recording deal Sanchez is offered, she already has heavyweight Hollywood representation. In March, a judge approved a deal in which she will be represented by Creative Artists Agency for future television, personal appearance and other employment deals.”

    Source: http://music.yahoo.com/news/idol-moves-toward-lower-payouts-runners-165310140.html

    A note to the Worsters: The only thing that Jessica didn’t win was 1st place on American Idol. She still has a shot to win with singles and possibly an album. The rest is up to her fan base.


    Released on YouTube on May 2, 2010 – this young woman is no “bot”

    In fact, Spin Movie Records said, “The producers discovered her on YouTube, where her channel has amassed more than 22,000,000 video views,” and back in 2009, she sang the national anthem when the Chargers hosted the Miami Dolphins before a sell-out crowd of 73,000.”

    Source: http://www.spinmoverecords.com/artists/jessica-sanchez/

    Note: When she became a finalist on American Idol, Jessica “either deleted or made all of her YouTube videos private”

    You Tube Stars listed Jessica Sanchez as number 10 — one of the top female singers on YouTube with the most downloads.

    Source: http://mywebs.hubpages.com/hub/YouTube-Stars-10-Female-Singers-You-Never-Have-Heard-Of#mod_7189703

  3. Reblogged this on iLook China and commented:

    In China, merit counts more than self-esteem. In fact, even in America, Asian Americans, which include Chinese that make up the largest segment of the Asian-American population, have the lowest sense of self esteem but graduate from high school in higher ratios than all other ethnic groups and go onto college where they mostly major in fields that lead to better paying jobs with more security.
    This reblogged post is an example of what happens when merit collides with people that have a narcissistic sense of false self-esteem and entitlement.

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