I donít see where it makes one whit of difference for the careerís of Cook and Archuleta who takes #1 who takes #2. They have proved themselves in their performances and in their iTunes singles. They have both shown that they can inspire fans. Theyíve had months of national television exposure.Originally Posted by speedbump;3005869;
What can the AI producers bestow on the winner, that he hasnít already earned for himself? At this point, neither one of them needs AI or the win. (As a matter of fact, I would say that AI needs them much more than the other way around.)
I donít think that measuring the careers of past performers is useful, because each person is unique and the market is constantly changing. As far as the past goes, the only interesting issue is could the AI win have given the runner-up something that would appreciably change their career arc? I donít see it. Anything AI might withhold from the second place finisher would be more than made up for by other producers rushing in with offers, should they see an opportunity to make $$$.