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Just tuned into my first american idol today, so I'm not sure where they are in the season. It looked like there were contestants left. Each sang a song of their choosing, and a song picked by a judge.
Everything was carrying on as I'd recalled from previous encounters... song tracks or a couple instruments accompanying the singers; except for the final singer who got an orchestra and 5 or 6 backup singers. The song was Hallelujah.
The singing was much more than I can do, but from the moment the singers flowed in from behind him, there was no way this guy was not getting a standing-O. To be honest, I don't remember any of his singing, except for the end (because the end was replayed). All I heard was the orchestra, choir, and the entire audience.
I'm calling bullshit on American Idol.
This is basically a conspiracy theory, but it's *actual* conspiracy theories that give a bad name to American Idol's mischievous goings on.
I'm speculating that the producers of American Idol have come to understand that they have the ability to influence the outcome of their contest by any number of factors... song choice, accompaniment, etc. I don't know about song choice, etc., all things were not equal for these competitors. One got an orchestra for God's sake.