He stayed away from the blogs and the internet chatter so didn't read how others thought he had this in the bag.
Well, maybe not a pure talent competition, but let's face it, nothing is. I don't think that any of the Idol champs is without talent. Even those less successful (or, rather, those less proudly exploited by AI), put in some great performances during their seasons and obviously had a large fan base. And those who were clearly not up with the rest of the crop (Sanjaya, Tim, etc.) were ousted before the end.
And really, when you look at the "singers" who are very successful in the industry these days, they're not the most talented either - JLo can barely carry a tune in a bucket, half the acts who performed this season were total crap! (I do think Gaga is the exception - very talented, which is a bonus on top of her weirdness and performances some might find offensive - at least she has a good voice and can sing her catchy tunes well, unlike so many....). We get what the industry forces on us, basically, and what they push is what they think will make the most money. It is what it is.
Another point to be made....it is about more than just the voice in that without a stage presence and personality that is appealing, people will not support concerts and such. That is where the real money is made for the actual performers. CD's make more money for the labels. While stage presence and stage personality can be tweeked, it's really hard to make something from nothing.
Highest Votes in Show's History
Highest Votes in Show's History - Show and Alumni News - American IdolQuote:
A record-breaking 122.4 million votes were cast following last night’s American Idol performance show – the highest number of votes in the show’s history! This incredible show of support for finalists Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery brings the total votes cast during Season 10 to over 730 million – the most of any season – and the grand total of votes cast since Season 1 of Idol to nearly 4.8 billion!