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CDL Blogoversary, Day Two: Adam Lambert's Loss is Our Gain

We’re celebrating Claire De Lunacy’s First Blogoversary, and I’ve invited some very gracious and awesome friends to contribute to this mess, sharing their words with you, my beloved readers. Through June 10th, there will be a new post from a different guest each day, culminating with a new, full-length short story by yours truly. I hope you enjoy my guests’ work as much as I do, and I hope you’ll stick around to see what happens during the NEXT year.

[Today’s Guest Blog is by Blanca Meneses, a friend I met on “The Twitter.”  Blanca is Cuban American and has lived in the US since 1969. She has an MBA in International Business, a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts and a Paralegal Certificate. She currently works as an in-house paralegal at a Fortune 500 company. When not working, Blanca focuses on her photography. She resides in Miami with her partner and their Goldendoodle, Cocker Spaniel and two cats. Visit her online at http://www.blancameneses.com]

I sit here today still dumbfounded by the results of American Idol. I still feel confusion and disbelief when I think about the results. I mean, Adam Lambert should have won, right? Right? He’s multitalented and the best contestant ever to compete on American Idol. But for some reason, or reasons, he did not win. We all know that now.

I remember that on that Wednesday evening, May 20, 2009, I was sitting in front of my big flat screen tv with my partner and our two dogs watching American Idol with the Bose stereo system blasting away just waiting for the results. Finally, after all the artists sang, some better than others, and after they dimmed the lights, my heart began to race. I was nervous but optimistic and hopeful. I was so confident, as I”m sure were many other Adam fans, that Adam would win. But when Ryan Seacrest announced Kris Allen as the winner I was in utter shock and disbelief and felt mentally and emotionally stiff. I couldn’t move! The phone rang. It was my partner’s mother. I’m screaming saying that this is BS! What?! What?! What?! What????!!!! The unthinkable had happened! Kris Allen won.

I was enraged. I went on Facebook to tell the whole world how I felt. My status was not pretty. In fact, I was fuming! I went on Twitter to tell the whole world how I felt. My 140 characters were not pretty. In fact, I was still fuming! Why didn’t Adam win? How did this happen? I was perplexed and upset! I was so enraged I even shedded a few tears.

Tears? Why yes, tears. Tears because I took his loss personal. Tears because I believe Adam Lambert lost because he’s “different” and obviously more colorful than the conservative Kris Allen, who, in my belief, didn’t win on talent alone. Adam Lambert has not really admitted he’s gay, but he is quite flamboyant. His black fingernails, his heavy eyeliner, his walk, his thick make-up, and at times his clothing, all gave way for people to think that he was over the top in every which way. But more important than anything, he is unbelievably talented.

Did Kris Allen win because of the conservative vote? Did Adam Lambert lose because he’s “different”? We might never know; however, there is wide speculation and much talk that the reason Adam lost and Kris won was because the conservative vote pushed Kris over the edge. So now, all of a sudden, we have conservatism vs liberalism and red states vs blue states in an American Idol competition. And here I was thinking that the election was over.

The bottom line here is that this country, although some states are making progress with LGBT issues and we have a Democratic president and a Democratic congress, is still quite conservative. It is the fight of the religious right vs those that are to the left of the religious right. I do believe that more and more people are becoming more accepting of LGBT people, but I also believe that homophonia is still alive and kicking in the good old USA.

So, in the end, I had to accept that Adam had lost this year’s American Idol crown. But, I do believe that he is well on his way to having an abundance of success. As a matter of fact, he might just be on his way to becoming the lead singer for Queen. Sweet and at the same time ironic, isn’t it?

Here’s to you Adam and to your undeniable talent!

[It’s me again. Regardless of American Idol‘s role as, ahem, “entertainment,” I do believe that Adam’s decision to be open about his homosexuality adversely affected his shot at the crown. As Blanca said, his loss will ultimately be America’s gain, especially since the runners-up from Idol seem to make a bigger splash more often than their crown-winning counterparts.

Special thanks to Blanca for sharing her views! Be sure to stop by her site to say “hola!”

Tune in tomorrow for some short fiction!]

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8 Comments

  1. Erv ErvNo Gravatar

    I agree with Blanca. I think that Adam will bring something great to American music (although I am still a Kelly Boy from the first season and think she is the greatest of all the idols.)

    • @Erv Thanks for dropping by! I was never much of a Kelly fan, but there’s a certain cache permanently attached to the first person to achieve any given accomplishment, so I have to give her props for firsties, lol.

    • Thank you for your comments! I’m glad you read and enjoyed my post. I agree with Claire that the runner up is always in a better position; however, I also heard that Adam has a contract to our with the Idol folks for about a year. Queen really wants him for their front man. We’ll see what happens.

      Best,
      Blanca

  2. Sra SraNo Gravatar

    I am usually an avid AI follower, but for some reason I didn’t watch this season at all. I’ve never heard Adam or Kris sing, so I don’t know who should have won. But like Claire points out, with the exception of Kelly, runners-up generally do better than winners anyway.

    We do have a lot of progress to make in this country, but I think things look good. Give it a couple decades.

  3. I’ve never watched Idol, but I did read an article recently on the phenomenon you noted – that winning doesn’t seem to be as good for your career as coming in second. The winner, you see, gets the Big Contract Deal with the producers of Idol – they handle your recording, your merchandising, your entire life. The runner-up, though, is free to make a deal with whomever they like – so they can pick and choose. This may be the last time that happens, though. The Idol producers have finally caught on, and from now on, the runners-up may get the same deal as the winner – whether they like it or not.

    Here’s the article: http://bit.ly/pXDYK . It links to a NYT article that has more detail on these “multiple rights” or “360” contracts.

  4. Carrie Underwood. Winner and definitely most successful.

    Regarding this years win, even Kris Allen was surprised at the results, and even stated, “Adam should have won”.

    At least he’s got the integrity to admit it.

    • @Sra You missed a few great moments but overall my reaction to this season was “meh.”

      @Chia Thanks for the link! Yeah, I wondered how long it would take the machine to realize it was robbing itself of dollars by failing to shackle the runner-up as well as the winner.

      @Karen You know, I totally agree. Regardless of the situation, Kris seems like a genuine and stand-up guy with tons of integrity and love. He deserves to do well in whatever he does.

    • No Kris said Adam deserved it and has said numerous times, Adam deserved it as much as I did. It wasn’t political. If it was Lambert never would have made final 2. I am sure some redneck homophobes voted for Kris just as some voted for Adam simply for the opposite reason. But most of casual america would vote for Allen simply for musical style. Turn on a radio… Kris is much more current.

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