“American Idol”: are men favored over women?
By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: In a post-show interview with top 11 finalist and recent casualty Naima Adedapo, Entertainment Weekly noted an observation: since America began voting for the top 13, all those voted off thus far have been women.
It began with Ashton Jones, continued with Karen Rodriguez, and in last week’s show saw both Adedapo and Thia Megia get cut. When Casey Abrams lacked the votes to keep him in the contest, judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson overruled his departure with a save.
Said Adedapo, “Sometimes I think men come off stronger, they come off harder…there’s something that just doesn’t pull back…especially the guys on this show, the ones I know. With some of the ladies, we’re still bringing it, but…” she trailed off. Yet, the pattern of historical winners doesn’t support the idea that the men have better chances.
The nine previous seasons’ stats show a near-tie with four women (Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, and Jordin Sparks) and five men (Ruben Studdard, Taylor Hicks, David Cook, Kris Allen, and Lee DeWyze). Perhaps a more relevant pattern based along gender lines is the recency of certain winners. Indeed, the last three winners and most top two finalists (Crystal Bowersox being the exception) have all been men.
“More than half of the people who are voting are probably little teenage girls,” said Adedapo, “…when they get a crush you’re done. But I feel like I was able to influence some of the young teenage ladies, and they embraced me for it.”
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