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American Idol – Is The Show Playing Favourites?

Calling on all American Idol savants – apparently the producers of this week show have swapped the shows and the boys top 10 will be singing tonight as one of the girls is ill.

EW reports that Crystal Bowersox is ill with complications with her diabetes and have postponed the girls top ten show to tomorrow night to give her an extra day to recover.

This has never happened before, but then I am not sure if there has been a sick girl or guy at this stage of the competition. Some people on forums are saying Kristy-Lee Cook had to sing, when she had been sick, but I think this was after she had made top 12.

Either way it is a controversial move by the show, and I suspect there is fear and loathing in the American Idol house as it gives the boys one less day to rehearse.

Personally I think they are playing favourites, but then I don’t care as I really like her and think she adds something different to the show. But I suspect if the producers had been ambivalent about one the contestants it would have been the show must go on mantra.

However if the show did somehow contribute to her hospitalisation eg she was not able to get access to regular food, they should definitely moved it.

Your thoughts?


1 Injera { 03.03.10 at 5:45 pm }

It’s a tough call, but it’s not as though all the guys aren’t in the same boat as far as rehearsal time goes. Hopefully their awful performances last week were nerves, but if they truly reflected the talent, a full week of rehearsal is not going to help.

I’m glad AI is showing some flexibility here.

2 CG { 03.03.10 at 10:19 pm }

Maybe they are giving her the extra day because it is more serious – diabetes complications – and not just cold, sore throat, etc. ? I like her too but I don’t think she will have broad appeal given her style of music and single mum thing…I just don’t think she will last thru until the end given everything is based on the public vote. But wouldn’t it be great if an AI winner was in the Alanis Morrisette mode..haven’t had one of “those” yet…and it is the girls turn.

3 FM { 03.06.10 at 10:28 am }

Diabetes is a serious illness and cannot be taken lightly at all, if she required hospitalisation with it then she was very ill and the producers did totally the right thing. They have a responsibility to ensure that their schedules do not contribute to her illness. It didn’t do the boys any harm, they were all in the same boat, and the right result came out anyway.

4 Reality Raver { 03.06.10 at 8:55 pm }

injera, CG, and FM I think they did the right thing by moving the show.