'Idol' vote is 'racist'

Here is a topic that is tricky to broach without saying something stupid. Not that that ever stopped me before.

Comments from Elton John

“The three people I was really impressed with, and they just happened to be black, young female singers, and they all seem to be landing in the bottom three,” said John, commenting on the tally in which the lowest vote-getter is eliminated.

“They have great voices. The fact that they’re constantly in the bottom three — and I don’t want to set myself up here — but I find it incredibly racist,” John said at a news conference promoting his Radio City Music Hall concert backed by an orchestra of students from London’s Royal Academy of Music and The Juilliard School of New York.

I’ve do enjoy the show American Idol mostly because of my daughters, though I’m probably a bigger fan of the show now. I’ve wondered about how the demographics have affected the voting. The three young black women really were, arguably, among the best talents, but they were three out of seven. That’s going to split the vote for voters that are somewhat affected by factors other than talent.

The show is probably sexist to some extent as well. With only two male performers left, it makes it more likely that a female will be voted off, if voters vote on sex rather than just talent.

I think it would be hard to prove racism, especially given past winners, but it did look bad seeing three of the best singers getting the lowest votes. It’ll be interesting to see how the voting goes tonight for tomorrows show.

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