Sunday, May 20, 2012

Lower Ratings Effect On Idol Voting

Lower Ratings Effect On Idol Voting.

I mentioned early on this season that Idol's lower ratings would have some effect on the voting, but I didn't know what that effect would be.

However, a look at the Top 3s of the prior four seasons is very revealing:

Season 10 -- Scotty, Lauren, Haley -- all white.
Season 9 -- Lee, Crystal, Casey -- all white.
Season 8 -- Kris, Adam, Danny -- all white.
Season 7 -- Cook, Archuleta, Syesha -- mixed.

So you have to go back to Season 7 to find a Top 3 as mixed as Season 11's Phillip, Jessica and Joshua. Why did this happen? I'm not sure, but here are a couple of maybes:

1. The median age of Idol viewers rose to 48, therefore the voting was more mature, and based more on talent.

2. The adults have caught up with the youngsters as far as knowledge of mass text voting apps, leading to a more mature vote.

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