‘Idol’ Voting System Proves its Flaw

American Idol just non-voted off its best performer of Season 7 tonight with the exit of Michael Johns. He had never been in the Bottom 3 all season, but was left on stage as the lowest vote count after Tuesday’s incredible performance of ‘Dream On’ by Aerosmith. Both TiVo and I were wrong, as our guesses were on the stage with Michael, but Carly and Syesha were safe.

The crowd started booing. I’d bet good money America was booing. In the end, we have no one to blame but ourselves – or the system. I pick the system.

The problem with the voting system is two-fold:

  1. It allows losers to stay on through organized movements that plan to vote for the worst singers. Remember Sanjaya? Taylor Hicks? I rest my case.
  2. Most egregiously, it neglects to protect those whom the viewers deem “automatically safe” in their minds as they go on to vote for the ones on the bubble to protect them. That is what happened to Melinda Doolittle last year and Michael Johns tonight, and it sucks.

What do you think? Time to change the voting system after 7 years of putting up with this frustration? The whole world is based on getting rid of the weakest, so why does Idol eliminate by axing the non-popular, rather than most unpopular?

Broken. Broken. Broken.