One of the downsides of this internet-enabled age is that anybody can start a petition, regardless of how ill-advised or pointless that petition may be.
Take, for example, the case of [[Alex Lambert]]. Alex was one of four finalists eliminated from last week’s [[American Idol (2010 Series)|American Idol]]. Admittedly, he was one of my favourites, and the guy had a lot of talent. He was definitely the most talented of the four who got eliminated.
Therefore, some crackpot(s) have started a campaign to have Alex returned to the series, despite failing to get enough public support to keep him in. Now, for those of you who don’t understand how shows like Idol work, I put the words public support in italics, as a clue. Look, I even did it twice!
The petition (see it here on Change.org) claims:
I’ve never seen such an uproar for ANY contestant to be put back in BEFORE even making it to top 12, until Alex. Quite frankly, this season of Idol has been a massive disappointment so far, and I’m sure that comes as no surprise to everyone running Idol.
Then, the one person who people tuned in to actually see, is now gone. After seeing the complete disgust in pure talent having to leave the show, loyal fans and viewers of AI have officially decided to turn off the tv when it comes to further watching.
If people can’t be bothered to vote for a contestant while they’re still on the show, there’s no point in starting a petition after they’ve been kicked off. And let’s face it, the conventional wisdom is that someone who ends up in the bottom of the public votes situation isn’t going to suddenly become the most popular and win the show. And even if they did, then there’d be the inevitable blowback that he only won because the rules got changed for him. It isn’t going to happen.
And another thing – what happens next week if [[Crystal Bowersox]] or [[Casey James]] gets voted off? Both are more worthy contestants than Alex. Do we have campaigns to get them back in too? If we keep bringing eliminated contestants back into the game, will it ever end? Do you see the problem here, crazy internet petitioners?
Look, the fact is Alex didn’t secure enough votes to keep himself in American Idol. What did he do wrong? Arguably, there are a couple of similar acts who are either better looking ([[Tim Urban]]) or more polished ([[Lee DeWyze]]). I’m sad for Alex, I really truly am. If this were X Factor, and Alex was ousted by a bad judging decision, I’d be annoyed. But when the public have voted, that shows that he hasn’t inspired enough people to phone in for him.
Petitioning might be fun, but what happens if he gets back in and is voted off one or two weeks later? Was he ever going to win in the face of Bowersox, Big Mike or Didi? All you’re doing is closing the stable door after the horse failed to get enough phone votes.