^ More than half of the top 10 this year sucked imo. It deserves to be this low.
Amber, Candice, Kree, Angie, Devin and Burnell were good, especially the first 3 I mentioned. Lazaro, Janelle, Paul and Curtis were all a bit out of place though. Definitely not a bottom 2 worthy series IMO.
^ I think this season (12) really suffered from the obvious agenda for a girl winner. The guys this season were so obviously fodder, and I am not referring to their singing. We had two black male singers, two Hispanic guys, and a WGWG who was pretty feminine. I am in no way trying to offend anyone by saying this but let's be real, most people who watch and vote lean towards attractive, masculine, white guys. It was so blatant that they wanted as many girls to get as far as possible and they succeeded (surprise, surprise).
That's not to say that the girls aren't talented (they are), it is just wasn't very interesting to watch the season unfold since we kind of could guess the story.
*I say most because it is obviously just a generalization, but the largest demographic for this show are middle aged women.
**Also, when I use the term feminine I am not implicating sexuality in any way
Lana Del Rey
(Sufjan, annouce something so that this triumvirate can become complete.)
^ All this about season 12 will be addressed when I get to it, but as it is, Frostie was right, I'm at least going to wait for this week's results to see if season 12 stays in 11th place or if it gets bumped up a spot or two (if Angie goes).
Thanks to anyone who still reads this after I pick it back up!
A bottom two season...
The Autopsy: Season 12 was actually supposed to be in this spot, but the wonderful ending managed to bump it up a spot or two or a few~ We'll see.
So here we are. Season 6. The season that began the decline of Idol. Although I enjoyed this season (I looked forward to watching every season but 9 every week), its problems ran far and wide and in a lot of ways it's very similar to season 9. Both seasons suffer from very similar issues, right down to a troll 7th placer who overstayed their welcome. Season 6 suffered from a plethora of problems that ran far and wide and it's pretty much impossible to attribute its failures to one cause.
But first, let's focus on the good things. Despite their similarities, why is season 6 better than season 9? Both had an obvious frontrunner, but in this season, a different person would step up to challenge Melinda's dominance every week while Crystal reigned with no one in her league all season. Despite the few noteworthy stragglers, season 6 also has a pretty decent cast overall - I was shocked when I was ranking this season how much I genuinely liked most of this cast. While most of the 9ers played it safe, the 6ers were notable risk takers - people like Blake, Phil and Gina were consistently making interesting and bizarre song choices. Of course, it didn't always work out well, but I'll take a risky, trainwreck-y performance over a bland & mediocre one any day.
And now, the problems.
Let's start with Sanjayamania. A writeup on season 6 is incomplete and incorrect if it isn't mentioned. Of hardcore American Idol fans, I probably have a more positive view on Sanjaya than most. We saw plenty of contestants get beat down by the competition before Sanjaya came along (think Carmen Rasmusen, Jasmine Trias, Scott Savol, etc) but most had simply resigned themselves. Sanjaya, however, had an amazing sense of humor about the entire process and bought himself legions of fans and a massive media circus. While I found Sanjaya amusing, his continued survival kind of undermined the purpose of the show (find the best unsigned singing talent in the country) and I can understand why it deflated a lot of fans' interest in the season.
The next point: inconsistency. Melinda was the only contestant that delivered without fail every week. Not only were the contestants maddeningly inconsistent (which was a side effect of the aforementioned risk-taking that was prevalent on this season), but the episodes themselves were maddeningly inconsistent. The contestants could deliver one of the best episodes ever in Bon Jovi week and then follow it up with the abomination that was Bee Gees week. As soon as the season seemed to get on track, it would always spin out of control and crash again.
And finally, while season 9 had an abomination of folksy white girls with guitars, season 6 had an abundance of black R&B girls, most of whom ended up being among the most talented contestants on the season. NEVER underestimate how much a lack of musical diversity can take away from an Idol season.
So which season 6er sucks the most?
~#12. Brandon Rogers~
12th place Best performance: "Always On My Mind"
The Autopsy: Oh, Brandon.
Brandon slayed Always On My Mind at his audition. And then he did extremely well in Hollywood week. And he was a frontrunner going into the top 24/live shows. At which point, the roof collapsed on his head. Brandon is one of the biggest American Idol letdowns of all time: I literally can't remember a detail about any of his 3 semifinal performances for the life of me. And his top 12 performance of You Can't Hurry Love I can only remember for all the wrong reasons. I'd say he only made the top 12 based on hype and expectations but while that certainly helped, I can't fault the voters for it at the end of the day because the guys in the top 24 this season were overall horrendous.
And you know? That's really all there is to say about Brandon. He kicked ass before the live shows, then ended up being a massive letdown and delivered a trainwreck top 12 week resulting in a deserving elimination. The only feelings I have towards him at this point are vague annoyance at having the nerve to get me so excited and then fail so massively.
~#11. Haley Scarnato~
8th place Best performance: "Tell Him"
The Autopsy: I have only two words for Haley "Legs" Scarnato: consistently mediocre. While everyone was focused on Sanjayamania and his continued survival, I was moreso frustrated at THIS basic bitch surviving. Because unlike Sanjaya, Haley wasn't even an entertaining trainwreck! How dare she have the nerve to be so consistently awful and boring and skate by on her beauty?
Haley was someone who I was vaguely excited about going into the semifinals IIRC. I believe we saw her competent audition and not much else? I can't even remember at this point. I was proven wrong though when Haley came out of the semifinals with three mediocre almost-trainwrecks under her belt. This didn't bother me as much as the fact that she had robbed vastly superior Sabrina Sloan of her deserved top 12 spot. Strike 1. And then her top 12 performance wasn't much better.
Top 11 week (probably my 2nd favorite week of the season) almost changed my opinion about Haley for a second. I thought Tell Him was competent and fun, and I enjoyed watching her for the first time since the live shows began. But right on schedule of course, the next week I kinda hated her again and my opinion of her declined permanently with the trainwreck that was "True Colors." A running joke among my family while we watched these next couple of weeks was that Haley's performances kept getting worse as her dresses/shorts kept getting shorter. I think Haley's legs gave her a few weeks of extra life in the competition. However, by top 8 Haley was so horribly outclassed, had so ridiculously overstayed her welcome and had pretty much been declared the season's bottom 3 queen, that even wearing nothing but a thong on stage would have saved her from the horrid trainwreck that was "Turn the Beat Around." One of the worst performances on Idol... ever.
Thankfully, Haley was finally sent home, making me considerably less pressed. This bitch so far overstayed her welcome... At least Sanjaya was entertaining! Haley was just boring and awful.
~#10. Chris Richardson~
5th place Best performance: "Geek in the Pink"
The Autopsy: Chris was pretty much the male Haley, except he was slightly more competent/bearable and he was also hot. Chris was bland, Chris was mediocre, and Chris overstayed his welcome even longer.
Honestly, like the two other bland messes below him, I can barely remember anything about Chris and I don't have many feelings on him at all. I really enjoyed "Geek in the Pink" and maybe one or two other performances, but that was pretty much it. His only really awful week was on "Mayberry" but he didn't land in the bottom three or anything due to Simon's ill-timed eye roll when he was speaking about the Virginia Tech Massacre which had happened that week. Aaaand... those were pretty much the only Idol moments for this Chris.
Chris is honestly one of the least memorable contestants of all-time for me and he's pretty much the AI equivalent of a floater. This write-up has been a struggle as-is. Thankfully, now we're through the "cockroach borewhore" section of this season's contestants so the next updates won't be as half-assed.
Hint for next update: only one of them made it to Latin week