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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?

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