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    Well I suppose one could be offended by my use of the word "hick," but given that I associate traditional country music with places like rural Appalachia and Butcher Holler, KY, I feel like hick describes it just fine. After all, one might say a "hick town" is one far removed from urban lifestyle. That is where this music started and those tend to be the people trying hard to save country music from the pop influences of such people as Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. The word hick is also widely accepted among country music fans. Jason Aldean even had a song about a hick town that from what I recall was pretty successful. It may have even launched his inexpiable career.

    As for the WGWG theory, until this year, all of the winners of AI back through Jordin Sparks were WGWG. Some on the Idol forum even suspected that the judges purposely did not cast a WGWG this year to make sure that one did not win again this year. As for Casey's season, Lee was also a WGWG and one who came across a lot more likable than Casey did at times. As a matter of fact, I seem to recall the biggest criticism of Casey by the judges was that he was too predictable -- ie he did the same thing every week and just stood in one place all the time. Casey was also a bit too old for some of the teens, and he came across even older than what he was.

    The WGWG theory has never really followed onto The Voice. If so, Tony Lucca would have won hands down (and many thought he would because of his pre-Voice following). But there also wasn't a year where Idol and the teens didn't get their WGWG winner. And if you'll recall, I said IF the teen girls want their WGWG winner on a reality show this year, the Swons have the advantage. I did not predict it, but WGWG is a theory that goes way beyond this board.
    I'm hardly offened by the term "hick", but country music was not just popular in the places like rural Appalachia and Butcher Holler. I grew up in a city in the north, and not at all rural - and country was very popular there. I grew up listening to it since my mother was a big fan. One of the biggest influences on the Beatles was country music imported from the US.

    It's also funny to remember what the Idol judges criticized in previous years - being too predictable and standing in one place all the time. Pia got the same criticism. And yet this season, they all were predictable and they all stood in one place and sang. Hysterical. What I would really like to know is a breakdown on the demographics for who actually votes. I don't see Idol being all that popular with the tweens anymore - but maybe I'm wrong. I believe I've heard that the demographics for Idol actually switched to middle age and older.

    Last season on the Voice a WGirlWG won - does that count? I just think the winners have absolutely nothing to do with whether on not they play guitar, and more to do with likeability (as you said about Lee Dewyze) and charisma. I'm convinced that the majority of people who watch are more like myself - no idea what perfect pitch is, but like what they like and vote accordingly. It's never been about just the voice - on Idol or on this show - but about the intangibles.
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    I just have to say...my almost 11 yr old has perfect pitch and I HATE watching singing shows with her. 1) it makes me mad that I didn't "hear" what she heard 2) she is only 11!!! 3) she isn't suppose to be smarter than me or right 4) I like who I like whether they miss a note or not. Now, I can tell a bad vocal all around but she notices every freakin note....
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    Misty said

    I'm hardly offened by the term "hick", but country music was not just popular in the places like rural Appalachia and Butcher Holler. I grew up in a city in the north, and not at all rural - and country was very popular there.
    Count me in as another northerner (and not rural at all) who actually lives between Boston and NYC who loves country music and has been surrounded by it all my life. I use to country western dance (not square dance for those who are not familiar with it), and use to go dancing at one of the biggest clubs in NYC at the time called "Denim and Diamonds". My husband and I use to travel a lot all over the US and never left without brining our boots so we could go dancing to some of the greatest country bands around at some of the greatest clubs in big cities. Country music is still going strong in our area with all the biggest country artists performing at huge venues in our area. Just as an example Blake Shelton (since this is The Voice thread) is coming to my area next month.

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    We don't have much country in my area, thank goodness. But because of our location everyone thinks we do .3 hours south, we have a ton of country( along with a huge Rodeo) we don't indulge. Never heard of Blake until this show
    ETA.: I do think country is changing though. I happen to like Lady Antebellum now and then- go figure
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    When I was in high school I hated country music as pretty much all my peers did and I just wanted to blend in. When I went to college though, back home in England of all places, I started listening to it and became a huge fan of that genre.

    Out where I am it is truly sheer luck if someone I like in the country field shows up. Nashville Star 4 tour came to Anaheim so I went there to see Chris Young and he played in a whole in wall so not country bar in San Bernardino a couple years ago where we were all escorted in and out by an armed guard, due to the location. I saw Josh Gracin at Crazy Horse and Bucky Covington an The Branding Iron and state fair in Victorville. I hope to go to Nashville, CMA music fest or Stage Coach at some point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JLuvs View Post
    When I was in high school I hated country music as pretty much all my peers did and I just wanted to blend in. When I went to college though, back home in England of all places, I started listening to it and became a huge fan of that genre.

    Out where I am it is truly sheer luck if someone I like in the country field shows up. Nashville Star 4 tour came to Anaheim so I went there to see Chris Young and he played in a whole in wall so not country bar in San Bernardino a couple years ago where we were all escorted in and out by an armed guard, due to the location. I saw Josh Gracin at Crazy Horse and Bucky Covington an The Branding Iron and state fair in Victorville. I hope to go to Nashville, CMA music fest or Stage Coach at some point.
    Loved hearing your story and just have to tell you that I hope you get to Nashville one day. I never had such a wonderful time and got to go to a show at the Grand Old Opry and all the wonderful fun places Nashville has to offer. If you plan on going to the CMA music fest it takes almost a year to get tickets. My girlfriend just returned and had the most wonderful time ever. She already booked for next year. Sure hope you get to go there.

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    I grew up in small town NC and never liked country. My daughter grew up in a much more populated area and is far removed from country living and she loves country. Go figure! Of course, my daughter has made me more of a fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fanny Mare View Post
    We don't have much country in my area, thank goodness. But because of our location everyone thinks we do .3 hours south, we have a ton of country( along with a huge Rodeo) we don't indulge. Never heard of Blake until this show
    ETA.: I do think country is changing though. I happen to like Lady Antebellum now and then- go figure
    A lot of country these days doesn't sound much like traditional" country. In fact, a lot of it is just downright boring, but it's still better than what passes for pop these days - in my opinion.
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    I tried to "like" this post, but apparently it is not working for me. I agree with you Misty.

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