Shocking: A white guy won’t win American Idol this year

American Idol has been won by a white guy for the past five years in a row, but the trend that began with David Cook during season seven has come to an end, because there are no white men left in the competition. And it’s very likely that a woman will win, considering the remaining guys aren’t doing that well.

USA TODAY’s Brian Mansfield notes that with Paul Jolley’s exit, there are “just three guys in the remaining group of finalists — Lazaro Arbos, easily safe despite the week’s worst performance, as well as Devin Velez and Burnell Taylor. And Velez made his second trip to the bottom group of vote-getters in as many weeks, suggesting that his days are numbered.”

The streak of wins by bland white guys with guitars–who, yes, have a wide range of talent and have had varying degrees of success–was often blamed on a presumed block of straight teenage girls (and gay guys?) crushing on male contestants, regardless of their ability to sing. But the men’s side of the top 10 being chipped away, what does that mean?

Have the teens finally bailed on the show? Or did they never really exist as a voting bloc? Or did the producers just carefully orchestrate the finalists and this top 10 to be a group that would all but guarantee a change in its type of winner?

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.