The Corner

The Best American Idol Theory…

…comes from Richard Starr of the Weekly Standard. He says voting patterns this year suggest that there’s a lag before contestants get punished for their lousy performances. Kellie Pickler didn’t buy the farm until she had done badly two weeks in a row; ditto for Paris Bennett. Katharine McPhee bombed out on Tuesday night but did well the week before. So she gets to stick around until next week, when she will be toast. As for Chris Daughtry’s being voted off, the problem with him is that he made everything sound the same. His version of a song by Creed sounded not too much different from his version of Elvis’s “A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action.” He probably had the same number of voters five weeks ago that he had this week, because if you liked him you liked him from the start, and if you felt indifferently toward him, he did nothing to change your feelings.

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