February 27, 2007 06:56 PM by Joe Reality
The American Idol 6 top twenty-four contained far fewer contestants
from the South than the past two years, which has led to lots of
speculation that this could finally be the year that a Southerner does
not win American Idol. However, the decline of Southerners in the top
twenty-four could actually play out to the benefit of the Southerners
who did make it.
North Carolina and Alabama viewers, who have followed the American Idol competition religiously due to success of contestants from their states, are both without an Idol semi-finalist this year. If they continue to watch the show, then who will they rally behind. Will North Carolina support Chris Sligh from South Carolina? Will Alabama support Stephanie Edwards from Georgia? Or will one or both states rally around Melinda Doolittle from Tennessee?
We can envision secret phone calls taking place between Governors from various Southern states as they pledge their support to neighboring state’s contestants in trade for support of their state’s contestants in future years of Idol. Seriously though, the Southern contestants are likely to benefit from the popularity of Idol in the South, and less Southerners to choose from will likely lead to more votes going to those who are there.
We would not be surprised if a Southerner wins again despite the best efforts of the judges to stack the top-twenty four contestants with singers from the West Coast. On the first elimination show, none of the four eliminated contestants were from the South. In fact, the West Coast took the biggest hit as Rudy Cardenas & Paul Kim are both from California, and Amy Krebs is from Washington. Also eliminated was Nicole Tranquillo from Philadelphia. Post your opinion on if a Southerner will win again in the comments section below.