Tonight, we bid a fond farewell to John Stevens, the bravest contestant ever to take the AI stage.
Never before this has a contestant been subjected to the kind of insane blather than this one has. That includes death threats, charges of racism, and the impugning of one’s parents and grandparents. All this just because he wasn’t voted out of the show in the “correct” order. In the end, it all works out. It all evens out. Have you watched the last two seasons?
But John Stevens became the subject of such vitriole and hatred that he might as well be running for the White House. It’s been that bad.
Yet he took it all without responding. He smiled back. He sang his heart out. He did what he could. And he never quit. He could have given up at any point, had he wanted. He didn’t need to take all that crap. He could have walked.
But he took his unique-to-American-Idol style and came back week after week to try his best. No, it wasn’t enough. He was clearly outclassed, and the nerves got the better of him on many occasions. But after two solid weeks, his performances were overshadowed by a jittery populace looking to rip someone’s throat out for committing the sin of having fans who actually voted for him, instead of taking him for granted.
So farewell to John Stevens, clearly the only unique voice ever to make it to the Top 12 of a contest created to generate formulaic pop pap with overproduced synthetic sound. Let’s all be happy that he’s in a better place now where he doesn’t have to put up with all this crap anymore.
At least, until the season finale and the road tour. On the bright side, the road tour can be custom-fit for him. They can hide him in the back row of all the dance numbers like they did tonight. (Did you watch him trying to dance? He gave up. He had no clue. I like the boy all the more for that.) They can let him sing just HIS style of songs. I can imagine a sweet duet between he and his sweetie, Diana DeGarmo, whose tears were the wettest of the bunch tonight.
Just one question for those still shouting about racism prevailing in this contest: Does Diana have to go next week? Is that the politically correct vote now? Or would it be OK if, say, Jasmine went? She’s Filipino, I believe. Not quite black. What if George were voted out next week? He’s had three bad weeks in a row, but is it racism if his number comes up next? Remember: There can be only one winner. Best case scenario is that only one black contestant is left standing.
I can picture a final three right now of Fantasia, LaToya, and Diana. It’ll still be the battle of the Divas, just slightly reconfigured.
Now, where do John’s votes go? I’m guessing Jasmine or Diana. They’re the youngest and “sweetest” of the remaining contestants, and closest to his style. Those old folks who voted for Clay last year and John this year fall for that kind of thing. Or is that racism, too?
::sigh:: It’s amazing what this show has become…