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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

Idol Trends

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Tonight is the American Idol final. NPH is not a big Idol fanatic, but he is interested in the sociology of the thing. He can name for you the previous four winners (and finalists), and he does a mean Simon Cowell impression.

This is the fifth Idol finale, and NPH is curious about the public's perception of the racial makeup of past winners and finalists; NPH notices and ruminates on such things as these, but does anyone else? A few salient figures:

  • The fifth final marks the four-and-a-halfth time that a white person has been in the final (Justin Guarini, the inagural runner-up was half-white and half-black)
  • This is the third-and-a-halfth (again, Guarini) out of five years in which a white male has been in the final.
  • This final is the fourth out of five years in which a white female has been in the final
  • There has only been two-and-a-half (need I explain?) African American finalists (Guarini, Ruben Studdard, and Fantasia Barrino)
  • Two of the two-and-a-half African American finalists won the competition
  • If Kelly wins tonight, she will become the third white female to win
  • If Taylor prevails, he will become the first--yes, the first--white male to win American Idol.
  • Never has there been a non-white or non-African-American finalist.
Do with that information what you will, dear reader.

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