I haven’t been watching American Idol this season, which I think puts me in another minority group.
But with the finale coming up tonight, it’s interesting to point out that the two people in the finals are a gay rocker (Adam Lambert) and an Evangelical Christian worship leader (Kris Allen). They get along amazingly well in interviews and press conferences, and there’s no sense of any tension (other than from sheer competition).
According to host Ryan Seacrest, 88,000,000 votes were cast in the previous round and Adam and Kris were separated by only a million of them.
I’m sure some people will vote for whomever they think is the better singer… but there will be plenty of fans who will vote for one guy or the other because of what they represent.
Which is why it’s intriguing to note that the third place finisher was Danny Gokey — another Evangelical Christian worship leader.
How will Danny’s fans vote? Will they go for Adam because he’s (from what I hear) the better singer? Or will they support Kris solely because of the “Christian thing”?
Hell, forget the Christian bond. Will they vote for Kris simply because of their homophobia?
Danny’s pastor has already Twittered his thoughts:
Everyone who voted for @dannygokey should vote for Kris Allen! We need a believer to represent! Kris is an awesome young man from a great ministry!
I’m not knocking the pastor — his support makes sense. If there was a talented, openly atheistic contestant in the finale, I’d be picking up the phone, too.
But if Kris wins despite his current underdog status, the evangelical vote may have tipped the scales in yet another election.
(Thanks to SarahH for the link!)