Congratulations to Candice Glover! She is the winner of Season 12 of American Idol. Candice is from South Carolina and she has auditioned for the show three times…I guess “third times a charm” worked well for her.
Candice is the show’s first female winner in six season and beat out Kree Harrison.
To be completely honest, I haven’t watched American Idol for many years, but I am happy for Candice and wish her all the luck in the world!
Today, I read an article on the Entertainment Weekly website. Written by Annie Barrett and Sandra Gonzalez, it is titled:
American Idol: Ranking All 12 Finale Matchups
I have never read another article that didn’t have Season 2 at the top so I was surprised when they chose Season 8 with Kris Allen and Adam Lambert at the top of the list. I am sure it was a great show, but besides enjoying Clay and Ruben, there are a few things that make me question their rating.
First, both Kris and Adam released the same coronation song. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a big hit for either singer. Season 8 was also the first season of AI in which the winner has failed to reach gold album status. And, no one from Season 8 has achieved platinum status for an album in the United States.
Lastly, look at the numbers. The Season 2 viewership for the finale was 38.06 million and the highest in any year. Season 8 tied with Season 3 for 7th place overall. Their viewership was only 28.84 million, almost 10 million less than Season 2.
Ruben won Season 2 by only 134,000 votes. However, there was little personal competition between Clay and Ruben. It was obvious to the audience that the two were friends and even when the press tried to make it a battle, they just wouldn’t play the game.
So…I vote for Season 2. How about you?
The following is a chart that shows the audience numbers for the finale night of each season. I will post season 12 when the numbers are available.
|Season 2 Finale: May 21, 2003||38.06|
|Season 5 Finale: May 24, 2006||36.38|
|Season 7 Finale: May 21, 2008||31.66|
|Season 6 Finale: May 23, 2007||30.76|
|Season 4 Finale: May 25, 2005||30.27|
|Season 10 Finale: May 23, 2007||29.29|
|Season 3 Finale: May 26, 2004||28.84|
|Season 8 Finale: May 20, 2009||28.84|
|Season 9 Finale: May 26, 2010||24.22|
|Season 1 Finale: Sept 4, 2002||23.02|
|Season 11 Finale: May 23, 2012||21.49|
The following videos are from the Finale of Season 2. I haven’t seen these performances for a long time. A big thank you to Wowzers4Clay.
Please take a moment and vote in the new poll at BUDDY TV
The Best Performances Ever on ‘American Idol’
This new poll was posted Thursday and Clay is falling behind!
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