The Voice – Season 11
Admittedly, this is the first season of The Voice that I’ve watched all the way through. But it is the first time that I’ve seen a talented singer on the show that I felt should have won the contest. His name is Billy Gilman, a former child country singer who was using The Voice as a platform to relaunch his music career as a Pop singer.
Unfortunately, he was runner-up to a Country singer called Sundance Head (“It’s a good thing my mother didn’t name me Richard”). On its own, this situation would not have turned a hair on my head, because, after all, the Country fans in the United States are legion. What bothers me is the fact that Billy is in a relationship with a man. It’s not the relationship that bothers me; it’s the fact that his choice of partner may have cost him the crown.
American Idol – Season 8
The last time I saw this same effect was when Adam Lambert “came out” during his time on American Idol. He ended up being the runner-up to Kris Allen (remember him?) but was definitely a reincarnation of Elvis. Here’s what I mean:
Pop Idol (UK) – Season 1
The very first season of Pop Idol featured a finale which pitted Gareth Gates and Will Young against each other for the crown. Gareth had a stutter (which disappeared when he sang) and Will admitted to being a homosexual. In the end, 8.5 million telephone votes were cast, and against all expectations, Will Young won. But then the British have accepted gays into their society for years. Here’s a sample of the two singing The Long and Winding Road:
Americans need to get with the program. People are people, no matter what their race, colour, sex, religion or sexual preferences. To deny a talented individual the honour of winning a contest because he’s “one of them” is despicable. All I can say is “I Surrender”.