Originally Posted by Abelard
Note: Simon said that when he watched the Tuesday episode on TV, he found LaToya and John (or Jon, I guess) disappointing. So it seems like he might especially like LaToya in the theater but less on tv.
RE: Jennifer--I have my theory. I think that, although she is a very powerful, capable singer, the demographics of the final 12 is going to put her at a disadvantage. There are three African-American women and two other women of color in the final 12. Jennifer is very, very talented, but (so far) LaToya and Fantasia have been more talented. The majority of the voters are women, who will vote for men or will split their votes for a man and a woman, but not two women. So women contestents will be at a disadvantage based solely on the gender thing. And of course it should make absolutely no difference to the voters what the ethnicity of the singer is, but it probably does to some people (as wrong as that is), and there are two African-American women who will probably get more votes than Jennifer.
All that said, I think that Jennifer is far more talented than some of the people who were not in the bottom three last night, but honestly, I wasn't surprised to see her in the group. (In the thread guessing the ranking of the singers, I put Jennifer in the bottom three, based on my thinking above.)