Phillip Phillips – Another WGWG wins for American Idol

So another WGWG wins in the person of Philip Philips. He’s in fact the fourth “white guy with guitar” to win in the American Idol finals. The other three were David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, and Scotty McCreery.

Phillip Phillips Jessica Sanchez

So I go back to my previous post - Will Jessica Sanchez Win American Idol 2012? Some of the points I’ve noted did came true. Most experts actually cited the same pointers. And so Philip Philips wins as many had predicted. But just to list them all pointers again, here they are:

The past three American Idol season winners were not the better singers including Scotty McCreery over Lauren Alaina, Lee DeWyze against Crystal Bowersox, and Kris Allen over Adam Lambert. This year, we bear witness to the same scenario all over again.

In the Philippines, popularity is also important. Thus, most contests including singing competitions are also dependent on votes. But here, singers who can belt out well are still preferred. In the U.S., it’s not the case. Although a lot of popular international singers can belt out, pop music in America is generally about performance and charisma.

Male contestants dominated the past few seasons (see names in previous paragraph). Between Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, the latter is admittedly gay (no offense meant) and in the case of David Cook and David Archuleta, the former is more masculine over the latter. The dominance of male singers in the American Idol competition can be attributed to the fact that most voters are female, particularly young girls who would naturally root for the good looking guy.

Americans have obviously voted for one of their own. Jessica is Filipino-Mexican and her supporters can be considered a minority only in the U.S. Previous winners are all natural Americans with the exemption of black American Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, and Jordin Sparks. So despite the remarkable support Jessica Sanchez received from various communities in the U.S. including Filipino-American societies, a natural American still emerged as the winner.

American Idol 2012 recorded the highest number of votes at 132 million. But as always, the percentage of votes for each contestant was not revealed. We don’t know how slim or how wide the difference between votes for Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez were. But we do know that Philips had the advantage even before they set the stage for the final showdown. Jessica, during one of the post awarding ceremony interviews even admitted that she also thought Phillip will win.

Phillip Phillips clearly doesn’t sing any better than the previously eliminated top ten contestants, particularly Joshua Ledet who would have been a more worthy opponent for Jessica Sanchez’ caliber of singing. But he was never a part of the bottom three, whereas, Jessica was even almost eliminated at the top 6 results. If not for the judge’s save, she would have not even reached final 2.

These pointers alone prove that support for Phillips was already remarkable ever since the live performances and eliminations started. When news about his kidney problem spread all over the web right before the finals showdown, it even intensified sympathy for him. Thus, he gained more supporters and votes.

All is not lost for Jessica Sanchez though. She has a long way to go when it comes to music. In fact, I’m certain that her musical career had just started. Don’t forget that not all American Idol winners make it big. In fact, numerous runner ups and finalists turned out to be bigger singers than the actual champion.

And so that culminates American Idol 2012. With the way things are going, it would quite easy to predict the coming season’s winners using the same pointers cited above.

Congratulations to Phillip Phillips!
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