Viewers of the show noted that the series promised a shocker on Thursday night that proved to be just a variation on the wild card. One of four rejected men (Jermaine Jones, Johnny Keyser, Richie Law and David Leathers) will be added to the Top 24, making it a Top 25 with one more male competitor than the females.
For a show that has turned its Top 12 into a Top 13 on a whim, this was far from surprising; in fact, when Jones was being sent off, I kept thinking that the judges would change their minds and let him through after all. And maybe they will yet.
Malcolm Abram and I will be sitting down this afternoon for a video chat about "Idol" at this point, and I will post that later. For now, as I said on Twitter, I am just wondering which of the young white guys will win. (Just guessing, I'd say Chase Likens.)
After all, the last four winners have all fit that demographic: David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze and Scotty McCreery. The last woman to win was Jordin Sparks; she was also the last winner who is a person of color. The voting has apparently been dominated by young, media-savvy women and girls who tend to favor the boy they think is just the dreamiest, and it's hard to see how that tendency can be changed.
You can check out the current semifinalists here: http://www.americanidol.com/contestants/season_11/