Wednesday, May 6, 2009

An all male top 3

For the first time in American Idol history, with the last girl standing, Allison Iraheta, being voted off, American Idol season 8 gets an all-male top 3. This season of American Idol is the popular opposite of season 3 in terms of gender. Season 3 has eight female finalists and an all-female top 3, whereas season 8 has eight male finalists and an all-male top 3.

A record-breaking 64 million votes were cast according to Ryan Seacreast. Iraheta is the youngest finalist of American Idol season 8, being born in April 1992. Her elimination has shocked many viewers and commentators. The mentor Slash stated: "Allison didn't deserve to be voted off so soon. She has amazing potential." The band director Rickey Minor has also been shocked about her elimination. Iraheta landed in the bottom 3 many times prior to her elimination. The commentators have attributed her elimination to American Idol's predominately female voting base, which favors male contestants, while I favor African-American female contestants myself.

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