Last night, Season 12's "American Idol" top 20 was completed, and from the looks of this list of 10 girls/10 guys, it really does seem like it'll be a girls' season, as Nigel Lythgoe has been attesting all along. But did Nigel orchestrate all sorts of shenanigans to ensure he'd get the result he wanted? Oh, probably. Or, yes. Let the conspiracy-theorizing begin!
It's all too obvious that the show's powers-that-be have deliberately stacked this season's deck heavily in the girls' favor, not just by casting fewer impressive male singers, but by making sure that none of those male singers are the "WGWG" types that usually win this show. On the plus side, this means we'll have a diverse season and, quite possibly, the first female "Idol" champion in six years. On the minus side...the show may also have its lowest ratings in ELEVEN years, as it alienates its core power-voting base.
Watch me and my "The Day After" co-host Matt Whitfield discuss all this and more in the video above. In the immortal words of Zoanette Johnson: Get it, Papa Smurfs!