IDOL: Entertainment figures comment on ‘Idol’ outcomeWritten by Mary Petrides | | firstname.lastname@example.org
After it was announced that Crystal Bowersox finished as “American Idol,” runner-up, Toledo Free Press contacted a number of local and national entertainment sources. Here’s what they had to say:
Gary Yoder, general manager of FOX Toledo: “It’s been a wonderful journey for Northwest Ohio, that Crystal is a wonderful talent that we’ve enjoyed. We look forward to many years of following her career. It put us on the map. It showed Northwest Ohio in a very positive light. It gave us a shot in the arm when we were at times in a weak economy in a tough part of the country. Crystal gave a lot of people hope. Hopefully she’s a stepping stone to rebuilding Northwest Ohio. She finally gave us something positive. I think she’ll be very successful musically. I’ll be one of the first ones in line to buy some music.”
Candice Coleman, Toledo-area “American Idol” semifinalist, season 2: “We were cheated, first of all, because she was far, far, far better than everybody else, but I just feel like Toledo’s still gonna love and embrace her, and she’s still gonna be in Toledo’s eyes our ‘American Idol.’ She’s gonna be famous nationally. She’s gonna be fine. She was heads above everybody else. It was like black and white. It was like comparing day and night. I don’t understand how this happened. I just can’t believe it, that’s all. I’m shocked.”
Andrew Zepeda, radio host for 92.5 KISS FM morning show: “Shocked. I can’t believe it. I talked to a dozen people before the show, all of the contest’s former Idols, some who made the top 12 but didn’t make it to the top two … everyone was saying it was Crystal’s night. There was one moment on the red carpet when I thought things were turning just a little bit, because elast year, Adam Lambert, everybody said he was gonna win … in the end of course, he doesn’t win, and I was just starting to feel that way. Everybody was so Crystal, Crystal, Crystal … the coasts are different than the Midwest. For once, the spotlight has a positive shine on Toledo. No matter what, it’s so good for Toledo. She’s a good representation for our area.”
Jeff McGinnis, pop culture columnist for Toledo Free Press Star: “Crystal was done in by a very specific demographic vote that was voting for the cute guy. It was important to note that really, this might be the best possible thing for her career … that’s gonna get her a ton of sympathy in the months and years to come. It might be best for her. How many of these [former Idol winners] drifted off into obscurity? Nothing she did let the area down in any way, shape or form. She stuck it out to the bitter end. She performed best of anybody. We all know that she did. There’s nothing Toledo has to take away from this negative in any way, shape, or form.”
Carlos Diaz, “Extra” reporter: “I’m shocked that she lost. I’m absolutely shocked, because she has one of the best voices that I’ve ever heard. She’s effortless. She was in a whole other league, and I tell you what, all you have to do is look at last year. Adam Lambert finished second, and he’s the bigger star now. It’s come to the point of ‘American Idol’ that winning is not the end all be all. She was the most talented person by far. And she is gonna have the better career by far. Wednesday night meant absolutely nothing in the career path of Crystal Bowersox. She will be a star regardless. I think it shows how one person and the dreams of one person can rally an entire community. It just goes to show that there’s talent in all portions of America. Talent is not just in L.A. or New York; talent is in every nook and cranny of America. You don’t have to go to the coast to find the most talented people…and Crystal is proof. She already is a star.”
Monica Herrera, associate editor, Billboard magazine: “I think she’ll definitely be successful. There will be people wanting to collaborate with her after the show. I think she’ll end up making a pretty strong album. It’s really tough for a female contestant to win ‘Idol’ nowadays. We haven’t seen a female win since 2007. We’ve seen three kinds of male rocker types in a row. I’m not sure what that says. I think based on last night’s performance, she should have won.”
Adam Bryant, TV Guide senior editor: “I think she was head and shoulders above the rest. As an artist she’s great, and she’s far ahead of most of the competition this year. I don’t think you can judge what’s fair and what’s not fair when you turn it over to America. Crystal was leading very early on the last few weeks. After last night’s performances, when Lee faltered a bit … she knocked it out of the park, especially with ‘Up to the Mountain.’ You can’t rule out … reaching a young female audience. Lee appeals to those types … it’s gonna be harder and harder for women to win this competition. Crystal, whether or not she won, she was the Adam Lambert of the season. She was the judges’ favorite from the beginning.”
Richard Lawson, Staff Writer, Gawker: “While Crystal was the more technically proficient singer, Lee better fit the complete ‘Idol’ bill: the cute underdog with an ever-growing teen girl fanbase. This is probably ultimately better for Crystal, as she’ll hopefully have a little more freedom when she makes her record.
Not everyone is a Bowersox fan. Dave Marsh, biographer of The Who and Bruce Springsteen and an influential voter for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, told Toledo Free Press that Bowersox does not measure up to other famous Toledo musicians.
“She’s not one percent as interesting or talented as Lyfe Jennings — that I can tell you for sure. She’s not one percent as interesting or talented as Tom Scholz [of Boston]. Anybody could figure that out,” he said. “Must we descend to the point where I am also praising a member of Weezer?”
Marsh said he is working on a book called “American Idol is Evil.”