Do you still watch American Idol? We do although our first exposure to Nicky Minaj sent us scrambling for cover. But I digress.
Even aside from Nicky, the show has been different this year. They are down to the final five contestants, and they are all girls ... or women if you prefer.
In just about every other year, the first few to go home are women ... or girls if you prefer. This is so, even though they are often better than the boys ... or men if you prefer. (We could say gals and guys, or lads and lasses, or blokes and sheilas or ... )
Not this year. After five weeks, each and every ... er ... um ... blokey-guy-lad has been sent packing, and only ... er ... um ... sheila-lady-gals remain standing or sometimes sitting.
I am so relieved that Lazaro was finally sent home. From his parting song, I figure that the boy can sing, but this was not evident during the competition when I was often seen to be grimacing during his performances. AC does not have the most finely tuned ears in the world, but oh my goodness! As I opined to my lady, I think he has a decent voice but a tin ear.
Anyway, catastrophe averted. I was having visions about Lazaro hanging onto the sympathy vote and winning the whole thing. The Idol executives must have been having fits over that possibility.
Meanwhile, Nicky Minaj really needs to get off Janell's case, whose main fault in Nicky's eyes seems to be that she is not Kree. The other judges aren't that nice to her either. She seems sweet enough on stage, but maybe she is a misery in person and the judges don't like her. Who knows? However, I think she will probably do as well as any contestants and better than most in her post-Idol career.
I have Candice and Kree down as the faves, but they don't have the optics of the other three (pardon me while I picture Amber's legs or Angie's dazzling smile or Janell's cuteness), so who knows how JQ Public will vote.
Before I wander off, let me ask you if you watch the other two vocal competitions — X-Factor and Voice — and how you rate the three. My take is that Idol is the most compelling but X-Factor has the best staging and Voice the most gentility. However, I don't prefer the judges sniping at each other in X-Factor, and Voice is a bit too in-studio for my taste and does not seem to have genuine judging. So I guess, I prefer Idol ... except maybe for that really weird judge.