“American Idol” viewers have had a lot to grumble about this season. There have been shocking eliminations (Pia Toscano, Casey Abrams and, last night, James Durbin), judges with transparent biases and imbalanced critical stances, and obscure theme nights — Carole King? Leiber and Stoller? — that left many wondering if the producers were elitist or just lazy.
Yet for all these complaints, we now have a top three arguably comprised of the strongest contestants: Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart. Which is to say that despite singers possibly exiting too early, judges who rarely served as expert guides for the audience, and random musical themes that could easily have become yawn-inducing, “Idol” voters might actually have gotten it right this time around.
Of course, not everyone agrees. One look at our “Idol” elimination story from last night shows how angry Durbin’s fans are about his ouster. “Now that James is gone I’m done with ‘American Idol,’ no need to watch it anymore,” wrote one typical Durbin-ite. So too do people continue to rage that Casey, Pia and others are no longer part of the competition. “When Casey left, I was outraged,” said another commenter. “He was so unique, and such an awesome talent — which is why they spent their only save on him.”
So clearly not everyone is on the same page. That’s why we’re putting the question to you in our “Idol” poll: Do Scotty, Lauren and Haley constitute the correct top three? Did “American Idol” voters get it right?