I know I’m potentially opening a space shuttle-sized can of worms, but it seems worth debating here. Was the American Idol showdown this week between Adam Lambert and eventual winner Kris Allen a classic battle of Blue State vs. Red State?

I’m obviously not the only one to suggest this had the look of a political campaign. Perhaps the best analogy is the manner the major parties elect chairmen, through a multi-ballot process. You don’t win by necessarily garnering the most direct support, you win by attracting support from those who didn’t make you their first choice. (Michael Steele didn’t finish first in the initial ballot for GOP chairman, but eventually won because he was the second or third choice of enough voters.)

Back to A.I. Has there ever been a season that so perfectly pitted a classic blue stater against a stereotypical red stater? Last week, Adam’s fellow Christian worship leader and good-old-American boy, Danny Gokey, was given the boot. Wasn’t it obvious his votes were going to go to Kris and not Adam, the ridiculously talented but androgynous Hollywoodesque clubber?

Is this were a sheer talent contest, you’d have a hard time finding anyone who in their heart-of-hearts thought Kris was more talented. He might be more marketable, more likable, etc., but Adam Lambert is probably the most gifted vocalist the show has ever seen. Based on talent and talent alone, you cannot convince me Adam did not deserve to win. (Full disclosure: American Idol has long been my favorite show on television.)

So why didn’t Adam Lambert win? Would he have won if he lived in the south? Didn’t have black fingernails? And what effect did the pictures of him kissing men have on his odds?

Finally, if you’re interested, hop over to Fox and read this great post by Mark Joseph: Kris Allen’s “American Idol” Victory Marks the Return of People of Faith to American Popular Music

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