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On “Idol,” it’s a man’s world this season
On “American Idol,” it appears to be a man’s world after all.
It’s no secret that male contestants like Adam Lambert and Danny Gokey have trounced their female counterparts in the singing competition since early this season. And, with just one woman in the show’s Top 5, viewers on Tuesday night were left wondering if the final four contestants would all be men for the first time in “Idol” history.
It’s been a long time since two women — Fantasia Barrino and Diana DeGarmo — competed for the “Idol” title in the finale of the show’s third season in 2004.
Not that the show’s surviving female contestant performed badly on Tuesday night. Allison Iraheta, who turned 17 this week, won major praise from judges Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and Paula Abdul for her performance of “Someone to Watch Over Me.” DioGuardi even said she could see the Los Angeles teen in the finals.
“Bad cop” judge Simon Cowell, however, said he thought Iraheta still lacked the belief that she could win the competition, and was at risk of being voted off this week.
“I have a horrible feeling you could be in trouble tonight,” Cowell said, as his fellow judges vehemently disagreed.
Having been among the show’s Bottom Three vote-getters on three occasions so far this season, it’s questionable whether Allison has the fan base to catapult her to the top two.
And, let’s face it, her competition is fierce. Really fierce.
On Tuesday night, Cowell said both Gokey and Lambert proved during Rat Pack Standards Week that they were in the competition to win it, and he also called Matt Giraud’s rendition ”brilliant.” Cowell was less enamored with Kris Allen, but DioGuardi effusively labeled him “a dark horse.”
The dearth of female contestants also comes as Cowell has complained stridently about Abdul and DioGuardi eating up time when the judges review singers.
“Girls do tend to talk a little bit more than guys. Randy’s quick, and I don’t say too much. But my God, these two!” Cowell told US Weekly Magazine.
Just to keep “Idol” fans scratching their heads, Cowell also told the magazine that he and Abdul were really “secretly in love with each other.” Isn’t this the same Simon who snaps at Paula every chance he gets?
So is Simon really frustrated with the show’s female judges, or is he just pushing their buttons? Are his criticisms fair? And how do you feel about the lack of female contestants at this late stage in the competition?